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56 Warm-Ups Bell Ringers - Standards-Based - Non-Fiction for 5th-12th Grade

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5th - 12th, Adult Education
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Each of the 56 Daily Warm-Up/Bell Ringer passages is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA and are written for grades 5 to 8 but will also work for high school – as many are U.S. History themed.

Three-Months of Passages

From biographies to pre-colonial to colonial America and beyond – these passages and critical thinking questions are also aligned with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies for the fifth and eighth grades.

The questions are both constructed response and multiple choice and help you incorporate the – communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity your students need in order to be successful in school and in life. They are designed to help students think critically and to prepare them for STAAR, PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments.

The topics are non-fiction and perfect for use as warm-ups, bell ringers, early finishers, unit reinforcers, partner or group work and/or lesson starters. They are designed to foster higher order thinking skills and writing across the curriculum. They are social studies, reading and writing themed and ask thought provoking questions to help students become independent thinkers and provide exercise for their brain muscles.

The passages are designed to be differentiated, so mix it up. Have students work alone, in pairs or in small groups. Encourage dialogue around the questions. If a passage seems particularly difficult for your students – pair up struggling readers with patient proficient readers and writers. Some of the best thinking happens this way.

These passages work for digital learning as well. They can be emailed or uploaded to any platform and assigned as warm-ups, lesson starters or reading assignments.

Table of Contents

Sojourner Truth Biography – Daily Warm-Up 1

Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman” – Daily Warm-Up 2

Frederick Douglass Biography – Daily Warm-Up 3

Anna Murray Biography – Warm-Up 4

Barbara Jordan Biography – Warm-Up 5

Pearl S. Buck Biography – Warm-Up 6

Medgar Evers Biography – Warm-Up 7

Henry Knox American Revolutionary War Hero – Warm-Up 8

Nathanael Greene Biography American Revolutionary War Hero 9

The Bill of Rights – Warm-Up 11

John Stark Biography – Warm-Up 12

Cesar Chavez Biography – Warm-Up 13

John Wooden Biography – Warm-Up 14

The Wright Brothers – Warm-Up 15

Malala Biography – Warm-Up 16

Winston Churchill – Background – Warm-Up 15

Winston Churchill’s First Speeches – Warm-Up 16

Leonardo de Vinci– Warm-Up 17

Pre-Columbian People of the Pacific Northwest – Warm-Up 18

Pre-European Settlement – Warm-Up 19

The Erie - Warm-Up 20

Speaking of the Haudenosaunee – Warm-Up 21

Land Disputes – Native Americans and Colonists – Warm-Up 22

Land Ownership and Native Americans – Warm-Up 23

Colonial Settlement – Not the First – Warm-Up 25

European Invasion of the New World – Warm-Up 26

Jamestown Colony – Warm-Up 27

The Starving Time: Jamestown 1609-1611 – Warm-Up 28

Jamestown – The Colony that Almost Wasn’t – Warm-Up 29

Thomas West, 12th Baron De La Warr – Warm-Up 30

Chief Powhatan or Wahunsenacawh – Warm-Up 31

Sir Samuel Argall -- Warm-Up 32

Pocahontas – Amonute – Rebecca – Warm-Up 33

Captain John Smith – Warm-Up 34

Chief Powhatan – Warm-Up 35

Explorers and the New World – Warm-Up 36

Explorers of the New World Part 2 – Warm- Up 37

Christopher Columbus – Warm-Up 38

The Mayflower – Warm-Up 39

The Mayflower Lands on Cape Cod – Warm-Up 40

The Pilgrims – Warm-Up 41

Mayflower Provisions List – Warm-Up 42

Peace for the Pilgrims – Warm-Up 43

Tisquantum and the Pilgrims – Warm-Up 44

The First Thanksgiving – Warm-Up 45

Fact vs. Opinion: Pilgrim Myths – Warm-Up 46

Mayflower – A Brutal Journey – Warm-Up 47

Mayflower Compact – Warm-Up 48

Chief Massasoit – Warm-Up 49

Mary Chilton – Warm-Up 50

Mary Rowlandson – Warm-Up 51

Excerpt from Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson 52

Cornelis Drebbel – Warm-Up 53

Compare and Contrast – Roanoke Colony and Jamestown Colony – Warm-Up 54

New England Colonies Expand – Warm Up 55

Fill in the Blanks – Warm-Up 56

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Total Pages
75 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 months
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