Top English and Language Arts Formatives

Take a look at some of our highest-rated English and Language Arts formatives for teachers with elementary, middle, or high-school students.

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July 26, 2022
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We know how challenging it can be to find quality educational content online. To aid both teacher and student learning, Formative maintains a digital library with hundreds of user-created lessons and assignments that are both innovative and accessible.

Teachers just like you have built out quizzes, lessons, and assessments - or “formatives” - which take advantage of our intuitive multimedia platform. Not only can teachers use Formative to find special collections with which they can engage their students, but our formatives also cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including the following:

To kick off our “Featured Formatives” blog series, we’d like to highlight some teacher formatives as we present a preview of our highest-rated lessons in English and Language Arts. These run the gamut, starting with elementary school, moving through middle school, and then ending with high school.

As such, if you're looking to boost student understanding with fun synonyms, sentence structure rules, or a list of adjectives that start with “a," then we've got you covered!

Top Elementary School Formatives

Finding the Main Idea - "The Storm"

This assignment offers an interactive and fun study of main, or central, ideas through the short story “The Storm."

Screenshot for a lesson on Finding the Main Idea: The Storm.

Writer's Workshop

For younger writers, this lesson outlines use of language, plot, and motivation when reading and writing fiction.

Screenshot for a lesson on learning targets in a writing workshop.

Text Structures

Want to learn more about the different types of structures within reading materials? Take advantage of all the multimedia options within the Formative platform! For example, this activity breaks down text structures for students, and in doing so, it pairs a fun informational video alongside guided questions. Formatives like these grab students and make the content come alive!

Screenshot for a lesson on Text Structures.

In addition, Formative’s collection of elementary-school content also includes the following topics:

  • Plural Nouns
  • Compound Words
  • Superlatives
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Title Capitalization
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Top Middle-School Formatives

Past simple, past perfect, present perfect drill

Teachers: searching for lesson plans or assignments on English verb tenses? Look no further - this common assessment gauges student responses on past simple, past perfect, or present perfect verb tenses.

Screenshot for a lesson on past simple, past perfect, or present perfect verb tenses.

Figurative Language Practice for "The Roach"

Building off the flash-fiction story “The Roach,” students can use this formative to study figurative language.

Screenshot for a lesson on figurative language in “The Roach.”

Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyze Language: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

The Omnivore’s Dilemma is the subject of this formative, which assesses student's ease with context, connotation, and phrasing.

Screenshot for a lesson on Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore's Dilemma and how it uses context, connotation, and phrasing.

In addition, our middle-school content also covers the following topics:

  • Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
  • Reflexive and Relative Pronouns
  • Types and Definitions of Symbolism
  • Helping Verbs
  • Introduction Paragraphs and Topic Sentences
  • This or That

Top High-School Formatives

English Knowledge Quiz

Designed to help students in special education, this assessment focuses on the elements needed to write a paragraph.

Screenshot for a lesson on the elements needed to write a paragraph.

Mood and Tone in the Story "Test" by Theodore Thomas

This formative takes students through “Test” by Theodore Thomas in order to teach them about mood.

Screenshot for a lesson on mood and tone in Theodore Thomas’ short story “Test.”

Blind Formative: Chapter Seven: Great Gatsby

Here, a short video and quotations from The Great Gatsby spark interest in the tone of a Gatsby reading assignment.

Screenshot for a lesson on the tone and direction of F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

In addition, our high-school content also covers the following topics:

  • Homophones
  • Parallel Structure
  • Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
  • Types of Poems
  • Rhyme Schemes
  • Author’s Purpose

At Formative, our talented network of educators provide content like this that will encourage active learning and engagement among students.

And this is just a brief sample of what Formative has to offer! To check out more, head to our library and view more of our free and premium formatives.

If you’re one of the thousands of educators who’s already partnered with Formative, take a look at our Help Center. It is here to help you better understand how the site works; we’ve got tutorials on how to publish, edit, or combine formatives from our library!

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