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Bell Ringers – ONE SEMESTER – Vocabulary, Grammar and Literary Terms/Devices

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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150+ slides and PDF printable handouts
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Laura Randazzo


Smoothly launch your high school English class each day with this bundle of my popular bell-ringers/warm-ups/mini-lessons to teach the Common Core-aligned skills your students need. (NOTE: This product is the first semester's worth of material included in my FULL YEAR VOL. 1 BELL RINGERS. If you've already purchased that massive budget-priced bundle, do NOT purchase this item – you already own all of the same content.)

With M.U.G. Shot Mondays, students master Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar by working together to proofread real-world writing examples. These 19 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, ranging from five-to-15 minutes each. From Will Ferrell to Ferris Bueller, there are modern 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 (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 15 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!

These weekly procedures will take you through an entire semester. My students enjoy the predictability of the procedures and even have their notebooks out and are busy jotting down the slide notes before the tardy bell even rings. It helps me effectively use every minute of my instructional time.

Even though most semesters run for just 18 weeks, I’ve included 19 weeks’ worth of materials for each activity in case your calendar has an extra week or if you just want to swap out one of the lessons.

M.U.G. Shot Monday Package includes:

19 weeks of 10-minute grammar practice sessions (38 total slides) in both Notebook format (for SMARTBoard users) and Powerpoint (for all users)

19-page PDF to use for student handouts and quizzes

38-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)

Links to 19 video lessons (about 5 min. each) to serve as lecturer prep. materials

Words on Wednesday Package includes:

95 slides (19 lessons w/5 slides each) in both Notebook interactive format (for SMARTBoard users) and Powerpoint (for all users)

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

1-page overview list of the words for all 19 weeks (easy reference/checklist for you)

All three of these packages are sold separately at my store for $7.99 each. In this big bundle, just $18.99 (a 20 percent savings!) gets you everything you’ll need for an entire semester’s worth of learning.

Want a whole year of these bell ringers? This product is also included in the budget-priced FULL YEAR bundle of all of these lessons. Click HERE for FULL YEAR (Vol. 1) of grammar, lit. term, and vocab. materials

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

If these materials work for you, please leave me some feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Total Pages
150+ slides and PDF printable handouts
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Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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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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