Writing and composition

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Here is a list of all of the skills that cover writing and composition! To start practising, just click on any link.

Grade 3 skills

  1. A.5 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.6 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.7 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. B.5 Form regular plurals with -s, -es and -ies
  5. B.6 Use regular plurals with -s, -es and -ies
  6. B.8 Form and use irregular plurals
  7. B.10 Form the singular or plural possessive
  8. B.11 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  9. C.2 Choose between subject and object personal pronouns
  10. C.3 Replace the noun with a personal pronoun
  11. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with "I" and "me"
  12. C.6 Use possessive pronouns
  13. C.7 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  14. C.8 Use reflexive pronouns
  15. D.1 Use action verbs
  16. D.5 Use the correct subject or verb
  17. D.6 Pronoun-verb agreement
  18. D.9 Form and use the regular past tense
  19. D.12 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 1
  20. D.13 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 2
  21. D.14 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 3
  22. D.15 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 4
  23. D.16 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 5
  24. D.17 To be: use the correct form
  25. D.18 To have: use the correct form
  26. D.20 Change the sentence to future tense
  27. E.1 Use the correct article: a or an
  28. E.2 Use the correct article: a, an or the
  29. F.6 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
  30. F.8 Use adjectives to compare
  31. F.9 Spell adjectives that compare
  32. F.10 Use adverbs to compare
  33. H.1 Use coordinating conjunctions
  34. H.3 Use subordinating conjunctions
  35. I.1 Pronoun-verb contractions
  36. I.2 Contractions with "not"
  37. K.3 Use the prefixes pre-, re- and mis-
  38. N.13 Use the correct homophone

Grade 4 skills

  1. A.5 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.6 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.7 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. B.5 Form regular plurals with -s, -es and -ies
  5. B.6 Use regular plurals with -s, -es and -ies
  6. B.7 Form regular plurals with -s, -es, -ies and -ves
  7. B.8 Use regular plurals with -s, -es, -ies and -ves
  8. B.10 Form and use irregular plurals
  9. B.12 Form the singular or plural possessive
  10. B.13 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  11. C.2 Choose between subject and object personal pronouns
  12. C.3 Replace the noun with a personal pronoun
  13. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with "I" and "me"
  14. C.6 Use possessive pronouns
  15. C.7 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  16. C.8 Use reflexive pronouns
  17. C.10 Use relative pronouns: who and whom
  18. C.11 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that
  19. D.1 Use action verbs
  20. D.5 Use the correct modal verb
  21. D.7 Use the correct subject or verb
  22. D.8 Pronoun-verb agreement
  23. D.9 Use the correct subject or verb – with compound subjects
  24. D.12 Form and use the regular past tense
  25. D.14 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 1
  26. D.15 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 2
  27. D.16 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 3
  28. D.17 Form and use the irregular past tense: set 4
  29. D.18 To be: use the correct form
  30. D.19 To have: use the correct form
  31. D.22 Use the progressive verb tenses
  32. D.23 Form the progressive verb tenses
  33. D.24 Choose between the past tense and past participle
  34. D.25 Use the perfect verb tenses
  35. D.26 Form the perfect verb tenses
  36. E.1 Use the correct article: a or an
  37. E.2 Use the correct article: a, an or the
  38. F.4 Order adjectives
  39. F.7 Use relative adverbs
  40. F.8 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
  41. F.10 Use adjectives to compare
  42. F.11 Spell adjectives that compare
  43. F.12 Use adjectives with more and most
  44. F.13 Use adverbs to compare
  45. H.1 Use coordinating conjunctions
  46. H.3 Use subordinating conjunctions
  47. I.1 Pronoun-verb contractions
  48. I.2 Contractions with "not"
  49. J.3 Use the prefixes pre-, re- and mis-
  50. N.7 Form compound words
  51. N.8 Form and use compound words
  52. N.13 Use the correct homophone

Grade 5 skills

  1. A.4 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.5 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.6 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. B.3 Form plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o and y
  5. B.4 Form and use plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o and y
  6. B.5 Form plurals: review
  7. B.6 Form and use plurals: review
  8. B.8 Form the singular or plural possessive
  9. B.9 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  10. C.2 Choose between subject and object personal pronouns
  11. C.3 Replace the noun with a personal pronoun
  12. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with "I" and "me"
  13. C.6 Use possessive pronouns
  14. C.7 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  15. C.8 Use reflexive pronouns
  16. C.10 Use relative pronouns: who and whom
  17. C.11 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that
  18. D.3 Use the correct modal verb
  19. D.4 Use the correct subject or verb
  20. D.5 Use the correct subject or verb – with compound subjects
  21. D.7 Form and use the regular past tense
  22. D.8 Form and use the irregular past tense
  23. D.9 Form and use the simple past, present and future tense
  24. D.10 Correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  25. D.11 Use the progressive verb tenses
  26. D.12 Form the progressive verb tenses
  27. D.13 Choose between the past tense and past participle
  28. D.14 Use the perfect verb tenses
  29. D.15 Form the perfect verb tenses
  30. E.2 Order adjectives
  31. E.4 Use relative adverbs
  32. E.5 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
  33. E.7 Use adjectives to compare
  34. E.8 Spell adjectives that compare
  35. E.9 Use adjectives with more and most
  36. E.10 Use adverbs to compare
  37. G.1 Use coordinating conjunctions
  38. G.4 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  39. G.5 Fill in the missing correlative conjunction
  40. H.1 Pronoun-verb contractions
  41. H.2 Contractions with "not"
  42. I.1 Commas with direct addresses, introductory words and interjections
  43. I.2 Commas with compound and complex sentences
  44. I.3 Correct capitalisation errors
  45. M.7 Use the correct homophone
  46. M.10 Use the correct frequently confused word
  47. M.11 Correct errors with frequently confused words
  48. N.1 Which sentence is more formal?

Grade 6 skills

  1. A.5 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.6 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.7 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. B.2 Form plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o and y
  5. B.3 Form and use plurals of nouns ending in f, fe, o and y
  6. B.4 Form plurals: review
  7. B.5 Form and use plurals: review
  8. B.7 Form the singular or plural possessive
  9. B.8 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  10. C.2 Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent
  11. C.3 Choose between subject and object pronouns
  12. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with "I" and "me"
  13. C.5 Compound subjects and objects with pronouns
  14. C.6 Use possessive pronouns
  15. C.7 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  16. C.8 Use reflexive pronouns
  17. C.11 Use relative pronouns: who and whom
  18. C.12 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that
  19. D.5 Use the correct modal verb
  20. D.6 Use the correct subject or verb
  21. D.7 Use the correct verb – with compound subjects
  22. D.8 Irregular past tense: review
  23. D.9 Simple past, present and future tense: review
  24. D.10 Correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  25. D.11 Use the progressive verb tenses
  26. D.12 Form the progressive verb tenses
  27. D.13 Choose between the past tense and past participle
  28. D.14 Use the perfect verb tenses
  29. D.15 Form the perfect verb tenses
  30. E.2 Order adjectives
  31. E.4 Use relative adverbs
  32. E.5 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
  33. E.7 Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives
  34. E.8 Good, better, best, bad, worse and worst
  35. E.9 Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs
  36. E.10 Well, better, best, badly, worse and worst
  37. E.11 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  38. G.1 Use coordinating conjunctions
  39. G.4 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  40. G.5 Fill in the missing correlative conjunction
  41. H.1 Pronoun-verb contractions
  42. H.2 Contractions with "not"
  43. I.1 Commas with compound and complex sentences
  44. I.2 Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections and interrupters
  45. I.3 Commas with coordinate adjectives
  46. I.4 Commas with non-restrictive elements
  47. I.5 Use dashes
  48. I.6 Correct capitalisation errors
  49. M.7 Use the correct homophone
  50. M.10 Use the correct frequently confused word
  51. M.11 Correct errors with frequently confused words
  52. N.1 Which sentence is more formal?
  53. O.1 Use personification

Grade 7 skills

  1. A.6 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.7 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.8 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. A.14 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. B.1 Form and use plurals: review
  6. B.2 Form and use plurals of compound nouns
  7. B.4 Form the singular or plural possessive
  8. B.5 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  9. C.2 Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent
  10. C.3 Choose between subject and object pronouns
  11. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with 'I' and 'me'
  12. C.5 Compound subjects and objects with pronouns
  13. C.6 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  14. C.7 Use reflexive pronouns
  15. C.9 Use relative pronouns: who and whom
  16. C.10 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that
  17. C.11 Identify vague pronoun references
  18. C.12 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  19. D.3 Correct errors with subject-verb agreement
  20. D.4 Correct errors with indefinite pronoun-verb agreement
  21. D.5 Use the correct verb – with compound subjects
  22. D.6 Irregular past tense: review
  23. D.8 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  24. D.9 Form the progressive verb tenses
  25. D.10 Form the perfect verb tenses
  26. E.2 Order adjectives
  27. E.6 Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives
  28. E.8 Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs
  29. F.1 Commas with compound and complex sentences
  30. F.2 Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections and interrupters
  31. F.3 Commas with coordinate adjectives
  32. F.4 Commas with non-restrictive elements
  33. F.5 Use semicolons and commas to separate clauses
  34. F.6 Use semicolons, colons and commas with lists
  35. F.7 Use dashes
  36. F.8 Use hyphens in compound adjectives
  37. F.10 Correct capitalisation errors
  38. J.5 Use the correct homophone
  39. J.6 Use the correct frequently confused word
  40. J.7 Correct errors with frequently confused words
  41. L.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  42. L.2 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  43. L.3 Use parallel structure
  44. L.4 Remove redundant words or phrases
  45. L.5 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  46. L.6 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  47. L.7 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  48. M.1 Which sentence is more formal?
  49. N.1 Use personification

Grade 8 skills

  1. A.6 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  2. A.7 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  3. A.8 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment or a run-on?
  4. A.14 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. B.1 Form and use plurals: review
  6. B.2 Form and use plurals of compound nouns
  7. B.4 Form the singular or plural possessive
  8. B.5 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns
  9. B.6 Identify and correct errors with compound and joint possession
  10. C.2 Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent
  11. C.3 Choose between subject and object pronouns
  12. C.4 Compound subjects and objects with 'I' and 'me'
  13. C.5 Compound subjects and objects with pronouns
  14. C.6 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns
  15. C.7 Use reflexive pronouns
  16. C.9 Use relative pronouns: who and whom
  17. C.10 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that
  18. C.11 Identify vague pronoun references
  19. C.12 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  20. D.3 Correct errors with subject-verb agreement
  21. D.4 Correct errors with indefinite pronoun-verb agreement
  22. D.5 Use the correct verb – with compound subjects
  23. D.6 Irregular past tense: review
  24. D.8 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  25. D.9 Form the progressive verb tenses
  26. D.10 Form the perfect verb tenses
  27. D.11 Identify active and passive voice
  28. D.12 Rewrite the sentence in active voice
  29. E.2 Order adjectives
  30. E.4 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
  31. E.6 Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives
  32. E.8 Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs
  33. F.1 Commas with compound and complex sentences
  34. F.2 Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections and interrupters
  35. F.3 Commas with coordinate adjectives
  36. F.4 Commas with non-restrictive elements
  37. F.5 Use semicolons and commas to separate clauses
  38. F.6 Use semicolons, colons and commas with lists
  39. F.7 Use dashes
  40. F.8 Use hyphens in compound adjectives
  41. F.10 Correct capitalisation errors
  42. J.5 Use the correct homophone
  43. J.6 Use the correct frequently confused word
  44. J.7 Correct errors with frequently confused words
  45. L.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  46. L.2 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  47. L.3 Use parallel structure
  48. L.4 Remove redundant words or phrases
  49. L.5 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  50. L.6 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  51. L.7 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  52. M.1 Which sentence is more formal?
  53. N.1 Use personification

Grade 9 skills

  1. A.2 Identify sentence fragments
  2. A.3 Identify run-on sentences
  3. A.4 Choose punctuation to avoid fragments and run-ons
  4. A.10 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. C.7 Identify vague pronoun references
  6. C.8 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  7. D.6 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  8. D.9 Identify active and passive voice
  9. D.10 Rewrite the sentence in active voice
  10. J.1 Choose the word whose connotation and denotation best match the sentence
  11. J.2 Use words accurately and precisely
  12. J.3 Replace words using a thesaurus
  13. L.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  14. L.2 Avoid double, illogical and unclear comparisons
  15. L.3 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  16. L.4 Identify sentences with parallel structure
  17. L.5 Use parallel structure
  18. L.6 Remove redundant words or phrases
  19. L.7 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  20. L.8 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  21. L.9 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  22. M.3 Use the correct frequently confused word
  23. M.4 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused words
  24. M.5 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused pronouns and contractions
  25. M.7 Correct errors in everyday use
  26. N.1 Order topics from broadest to narrowest
  27. N.2 Organise information by main idea
  28. N.3 Choose the topic sentence that best captures the main idea
  29. N.4 Identify plagiarism
  30. O.1 Distinguish facts from opinions
  31. O.2 Choose evidence to support a claim
  32. O.3 Identify supporting evidence in a text
  33. O.4 Choose the most appropriate counterclaim for a given claim
  34. O.5 Choose the analysis that logically connects the evidence to the claim
  35. P.1 Which text is most formal?
  36. P.2 Compare passages for tone
  37. P.3 Identify audience and purpose
  38. P.4 Identify appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in advertisements
  39. P.5 Use appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in persuasive writing
  40. Q.1 Identify the narrative point of view
  41. Q.2 Use personification

Grade 10 skills

  1. A.2 Identify sentence fragments
  2. A.3 Identify run-on sentences
  3. A.4 Choose punctuation to avoid fragments and run-ons
  4. A.10 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. C.7 Identify vague pronoun references
  6. C.8 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  7. D.6 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  8. D.9 Identify active and passive voice
  9. D.10 Rewrite the sentence in active voice
  10. J.1 Choose the word whose connotation and denotation best match the sentence
  11. J.2 Use words accurately and precisely
  12. J.3 Replace words using a thesaurus
  13. L.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  14. L.2 Avoid double, illogical and unclear comparisons
  15. L.3 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
  16. L.4 Identify sentences with parallel structure
  17. L.5 Use parallel structure
  18. L.6 Remove redundant words or phrases
  19. L.7 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  20. L.8 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  21. L.9 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  22. M.3 Use the correct frequently confused word
  23. M.4 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused words
  24. M.5 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused pronouns and contractions
  25. M.7 Correct errors in everyday use
  26. N.1 Order topics from broadest to narrowest
  27. N.2 Organise information by main idea
  28. N.3 Choose the topic sentence that best captures the main idea
  29. N.4 Identify plagiarism
  30. O.1 Distinguish facts from opinions
  31. O.2 Choose evidence to support a claim
  32. O.3 Identify supporting evidence in a text
  33. O.4 Choose the most appropriate counterclaim for a given claim
  34. O.5 Choose the analysis that logically connects the evidence to the claim
  35. P.1 Which text is most formal?
  36. P.2 Compare passages for tone
  37. P.3 Identify audience and purpose
  38. P.4 Identify appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in advertisements
  39. P.5 Use appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in persuasive writing
  40. Q.1 Identify the narrative point of view
  41. Q.2 Use personification

Grade 11 skills

  1. A.1 Identify sentence fragments
  2. A.2 Identify run-on sentences
  3. A.3 Choose punctuation to avoid fragments and run-ons
  4. A.9 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. B.7 Identify vague pronoun references
  6. B.8 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  7. C.6 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  8. H.2 Choose the word whose connotation and denotation best match the sentence
  9. H.3 Use words accurately and precisely
  10. H.4 Replace words using a thesaurus
  11. J.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  12. J.2 Avoid double, illogical and unclear comparisons
  13. J.3 Identify sentences with parallel structure
  14. J.4 Use parallel structure
  15. J.5 Remove redundant words or phrases
  16. J.6 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  17. J.7 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  18. J.8 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  19. K.3 Use the correct frequently confused word
  20. K.4 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused words
  21. K.5 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused pronouns and contractions
  22. K.7 Correct errors in everyday use
  23. L.1 Order topics from broadest to narrowest
  24. L.2 Organise information by main idea
  25. L.3 Choose the topic sentence that best captures the main idea
  26. L.4 Identify plagiarism
  27. L.5 Suggest appropriate revisions
  28. M.1 Distinguish facts from opinions
  29. M.2 Choose evidence to support a claim
  30. M.3 Identify supporting evidence in a text
  31. M.4 Choose the most appropriate counterclaim for a given claim
  32. M.5 Choose the analysis that logically connects the evidence to the claim
  33. N.1 Which text is most formal?
  34. N.2 Compare passages for tone
  35. N.3 Identify audience and purpose
  36. N.4 Identify appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in advertisements
  37. N.5 Use appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in persuasive writing
  38. O.1 Identify the narrative point of view
  39. O.8 Analyse the effects of figures of speech on meaning and tone

Grade 12 skills

  1. A.1 Identify sentence fragments
  2. A.2 Identify run-on sentences
  3. A.3 Choose punctuation to avoid fragments and run-ons
  4. A.9 Combine sentences using relative clauses
  5. B.7 Identify vague pronoun references
  6. B.8 Identify all of the possible antecedents
  7. C.6 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
  8. H.2 Choose the word whose connotation and denotation best match the sentence
  9. H.3 Use words accurately and precisely
  10. H.4 Replace words using a thesaurus
  11. J.1 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs
  12. J.2 Avoid double, illogical and unclear comparisons
  13. J.3 Identify sentences with parallel structure
  14. J.4 Use parallel structure
  15. J.5 Remove redundant words or phrases
  16. J.6 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
  17. J.7 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
  18. J.8 Are the modifiers used correctly?
  19. K.3 Use the correct frequently confused word
  20. K.4 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused words
  21. K.5 Identify and correct errors with frequently confused pronouns and contractions
  22. K.7 Correct errors in everyday use
  23. L.1 Order topics from broadest to narrowest
  24. L.2 Organise information by main idea
  25. L.3 Choose the topic sentence that best captures the main idea
  26. L.4 Identify plagiarism
  27. L.5 Suggest appropriate revisions
  28. M.1 Distinguish facts from opinions
  29. M.2 Choose evidence to support a claim
  30. M.3 Identify supporting evidence in a text
  31. M.4 Choose the most appropriate counterclaim for a given claim
  32. M.5 Choose the analysis that logically connects the evidence to the claim
  33. N.1 Which text is most formal?
  34. N.2 Compare passages for tone
  35. N.3 Identify audience and purpose
  36. N.4 Identify appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in advertisements
  37. N.5 Use appeals to ethos, pathos and logos in persuasive writing
  38. O.1 Identify the narrative point of view
  39. O.8 Analyse the effects of figures of speech on meaning and tone