Bell Ringers – H.S. English Vol. 1 – Vocabulary, Grammar & Literary Terms

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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300+ slides (SMARTBoard Notebook software and non-editable Powerpoint versions)
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Laura Randazzo


Use this MASSIVE bundle of my popular bell ringers/warm-ups/mini-lessons to teach the Common Core-aligned grammar, literary term, and vocabulary skills your high school students need. This FULL YEAR package of materials includes everything you’ll need to keep your students actively engaged at the start of each period.

Here’s how it works:

With M.U.G. Shot Mondays, students master Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar by working together to proofread real-world writing examples. These 38 weekly grammar editing sessions address the most common errors made in middle-school and high-school writing. Students write down the flawed sentence and then work together to edit/make corrections. After the class agrees on all of the edits made by the student writing at the board, I go over the marks, explaining the rules that apply. After three sessions, I collect the students’ papers and give points for accuracy.

On Lit. Term Tuesdays, class begins with a high-interest short lecture featuring classic literary devices paired with modern examples with which your students are certain to identify. Sure, everyone knows protagonist and antagonist, but have your students learned about anti-heroes (think: Walter White from Breaking Bad, and Dexter) or foils (Jude Law’s Watson to Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes)? Freshen up their literary term knowledge with these once-a-week-lectures in the fall semester, ranging from five-to-15 minutes each. From Will Ferrell to Ferris Bueller, there are plenty of examples included in these lectures to help your students relate to the techniques used in our greatest classic tales. UPDATE: I've also included links to 19 video presentations I made (one per weekly lesson) to serve as lecturer notes/prep materials. Feel free to use them to prep yourself for the bell-ringer lectures.

Then comes Words on Wednesday, a weekly lesson to build higher-level vocabulary in your college-bound students. These lessons feature words commonly used on the SAT that educated adults also use in their everyday lives. Even if your students aren’t bound for a university, they’ll still benefit from knowing these words as they enter the work force. Each vocab. lesson, which takes about 15 minutes, goes deep into understanding denotation and connotation of five separate words and includes definition, synonym, antonym, and a sentence relevant to a teenage audience. Instead of using a list of 10 words each week that students memorize and then promptly forget the next week, I’ve found more success with going deep on five words. We discuss them and use them in regular conversation. I’ve been delighted to see many of these words show up in students’ in-class writings, and they also excitedly point them out to me in passages that we read in class. This method helps words “stick” in their heads better than any other method I’ve tried in my 17 years as a high school teacher.

On Thursdays, my classes take a break from the routine procedures and focus solely on our current unit of study.

Fridays? Why, S.S.R., of course; it’s the best way to end the week. Click here for my FREE materials on how to manage your students' quiet reading time – easy grading for you!

M.U.G. Shot Monday Package includes:

38 weeks of 10-minute grammar practice sessions (76 total slides; answer keys included) in both Notebook format (for SMARTBoard users) and Powerpoint (for all users)

38-page PDF to use for student handouts and quizzes

76-page PDF of full semester materials, both unmarked and corrected sentences (useful for absent students or independent/homeschool study)

Lit. Term Tuesday Package includes:

50 slides covering more than 45 terms, neatly stacked into 19 dynamic lectures

Slides are in both Notebook format (for SMARTBoard users) and PowerPoint (for all users)

A PDF link to 19 video mini-lectures (one per weekly lesson) for you to use as prep materials

(NOTE: There’s only one semester’s worth of Lit. Term materials in this bundle because the Common Core doesn’t require any additional literary devices beyond the 45 I use in the first semester. I use Lit. Term Tuesdays in the fall, but Tuesdays in the spring don’t have a bell-ringer procedure. Still, with our novel studies in the spring, there’s plenty to keep the classes busy.)

Words on Wednesday Package includes:

190 slides (38 lessons w/5 slides each) in both Notebook interactive format (for SMARTBoard users) and Powerpoint (for all users)

190-page PDF for student handouts (ideal for absent students, homeschoolers, or independent study – could also use as a shortcut for flashcards)

2-page overview lists of the words for all 38 weeks (easy reference/checklist for you)

All five of these semester units are sold separately at my store for $7.99 each (or $39.95 total). In this MASSIVE bundle, just $29.99 (a 25 percent savings!) gets you everything you’ll need for AN ENTIRE YEAR of learning.

Want more information about any individual product? Take a closer look by clicking the “Preview” button above or:

Click HERE for MUG Shot Mondays

Click HERE for Lit. Term Tuesdays

Click HERE for Words on Wednesday

Finally, due to customer requests, I now have a SECOND FULL-YEAR OF BELL-RINGER MATERIALS now available. If you teach the same students in multiple years or just want to use something different with different grade levels, be sure to click HERE to check out my FULL-YEAR H.S. ENGLISH BELL-RINGERS VOL. 2.

Finally, this item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

I hope these materials can make your life a little easier this year. Thanks for your consideration!


Total Pages
300+ slides (SMARTBoard Notebook software and non-editable Powerpoint versions)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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