The purpose of A Standard Start is to provide three questions a day that cover a wide range of ELA material. These comprehensive questions spiral the national standards for ELA and will increase your students' reading and writing skills. While this resource was created prior to the Common Core standards and the questions are not specifically aligned to the Common Core, many of the questions and activities still support those standards and provide a great way to quickly review many reading and writing skills. If you are looking for a quick and meaningful ELA exercise to get your students busy when they come in the room, A Standard Start may be for you.
This book provides 180 days of standards-based questions, one for every day of the school year. Each day, students will answer three questions as a bell ringer, homework, or however you would like to use it. Standards will be spiraled, meaning on Mondays, they will have questions based on certain concepts; every Tuesday, they will cover another set of elements and/or skills, and so on. This is the standards schedule that the book follows:
Monday - Figurative language, point of view, context clues
Tuesday - Elements of fiction, reference skills, writing skills
Wednesday - Elements of poetry, author's purpose/craft, making inferences/drawing conclusions or summarize/paraphrase
Thursday - Main idea, text elements or graphic features, building vocabulary (connotation/denotation, euphemisms, idioms)
Friday - Bias/propaganda, tone/mood, word analysis (Greek and Latin roots and affixes)
The best way to know if this bell ringer will work for you is to check out the preview. You can see the first ten Standard Starts for the eighth grade.