Quill has 20 custom sentence-combining activities aligned to unique Pre-AP® English 1 and 9th grade SpringBoard ELA texts to give students the opportunity to practice their sentence construction skills in context. These activities provide additional opportunities for students to explore ideas from the text and model for students an analysis of key elements such as historical and authorial context, plot, characterization, and author style.

There are 5 of these passage-aligned activities per unit in the Pre-AP® English 1 course. You will see links to these activities in the lessons in Pre-AP Classroom under "Partner Resources" (they will be listed as "Quill Activity"). As the texts used in Pre-AP English 1 are also used in 9th grade SpringBoard ELA, these activities are also relevant to students in that course.

*Note*: At this time, there are no sentence combining activities aligned to texts that are part of each unit’s instructional materials in Pre-AP English 2 or other SpringBoard® ELA courses.

What skills will students be practicing in the passage-aligned activities?

While students are free to combine the sentences in these activities using any grammatically correct method they choose, these activities provide the opportunity for students to practice skills from the Pre-AP English High School Course Framework, including the following:

  • Constructing compound and complex sentences

  • Constructing sentences with relative clauses

  • Constructing sentences with appositive, participial, and prepositional phrases

  • Identifying time order, opposition, and cause and effect relationships

Where can I find the passage-aligned activities on Quill?

To locate Quill's list of Pre-AP® and SpringBoard passage-aligned activities, go to either the Pre-AP Quill landing page or the SpringBoard Quill landing page, and scroll to the "Passage-Aligned Activities" heading.

Alternatively, you can also find a full Activity Library view of all included passage-aligned activities from the link here.

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