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Bell Ringers – H.S. English Vol. 2 – Vocab, Grammar & Logic Puzzle/Brain Teasers

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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418 Slides (Static Powerpoint, Editable SMARTBoard, and Static PDF formats) & 306 PDF pages
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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, vocabulary, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills your high school students need. This FULL YEAR package of materials (Vol. 2) includes everything you’ll need to keep your students actively engaged at the start of each period. (All of this content is completely new and separate from the content offered in the Volume 1 Bell Ringers – no repeats!)

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. Answer key slides included.

On Brain Teaser Tuesdays, class begins with a high-interest logic puzzle, riddle, word play, and/or lateral thinking question built to appeal to a teen audience. Students love the modern-designed slides featuring beautiful high-resolution photography (152 PDF slides featuring 76 question/answer combinations – you can use two per week and still have a few to spare) and the Brain Teasers provide a great way to add some intellectually challenging fun to your classroom routine.

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 20 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)

Brain Teaser Tuesday Package includes:

38 weeks of two-per-week Brain Teasers (152 slides that include 76 question/answer sets)

Slides are provided in PDF format

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)

If you purchased all six of these semester bell-ringer items that are each sold separately in my store, you'd spend almost $40. In this MASSIVE VOL. 2 BUNDLE, just $29.99 (a 25 percent savings!) gets you everything you’ll need for AN ENTIRE YEAR of mini-lessons to launch your class.

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

Click HERE for MUG Shot Mondays (This bundle includes Vol. 3 & 4 of MUG Shots; Vol. 1 & 2 are in my Full-Year Vol. 1 package.)

Click HERE for Brain Teaser Tuesdays (This bundle includes Vol. 1 & 2 of my Brain Teasers.)

Click HERE for Words on Wednesday (This bundle includes Vol. 3 & 4 of Words on Wed.; Vol. 1 & 2 are in my Full-Year Vol. 1 package.)

Want to see the original first-volume of year-long bell-ringer materials? Click HERE for Full-Year H.S. English Vol. 1.

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

Total Pages
418 Slides (Static Powerpoint, Editable SMARTBoard, and Static PDF formats) & 306 PDF pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Spell correctly.


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