These creative bell ringers were designed to appeal to a variety of students’ interests and types of intelligence, and to connect to modern media and recent trends. Appeal to your students with these engaging activities and then enjoy the results as they begin class well warmed up, having thought back through their reading and found their focus for the day.
These printables require no prep; just photocopy and pass them out as students come in.
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“The Food Truck”: Students design a food truck and its menu for a character, based on what they know about the character from the text.
“I’ve got Tickets”: Students choose an event a character might wish to attend, then explain their choice.
“On the Road”: Students imagine a four stop road trip for a character, and explain their choices.
“Favorite Kids’ Book”: Students consider what a character might have loved to read as a child, and defend their choice based on evidence from the text.
“The Start-Up”: Students choose a character and invent a small business for him or her to start, based on textual detail..
“Crowdfunded”: Students choose a character and propose a project the character might invent and try to have funded by a site such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter.
“The T-Shirt Version”: Students answer questions leading them to consider a key theme and several key character beliefs in the text, then invent a slogan and design for a t-shirt based on the text.
“Snapshots”: Students draw in the content for two polaroids a character might have taken during the course of the action in the text, then explain why they chose those two particular moments for the character to want to capture on film.
“Download the App”: Students choose a favorite app for four characters from the text, then provide a quotation for each and analyze it to show the connection between the text and the app choice.
“Teaching a MOOC”: Students imagine a character is teaching one of the new MOOCS (massive online open content courses). After considering what the character is passionate about, they come up with a title for the course and three topics for the curriculum.
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