Help students connect with literature with this set of bell-ringer writing prompts!
For each writing task, students are given a compelling quote and asked to explain the author’s message and the extent to which they agree or disagree with the idea. Then, they’ll support their position, providing reasons and examples from their own life experience, observations of others, or academic studies. The magic happens when students share their answers either in small group or full-class discussion. In that discussion, students will begin to see how the quote relates to many modern life situations.
There are several ways you might want to use these slides/handouts in your physical or digital classroom, including:
1. Use as a routine bellringer writing/discussion activity to begin class one day each week.
2. Use the writing prompts whenever a lesson wraps up more quickly than planned or to help fill an emergency sub plan.
3. Use thematically related prompts as a supplement to novel studies.
4. Use as timed writing practice.
This collection of five slide/handout sets includes words of wisdom from the following:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
This download includes:
• 5-page PDF of slides you can project in a traditional classroom setting
• 5 JPG slide images you can drop into a Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to share in a secured online classroom
• 5-page PDF of full-sheet handouts where students can write their answers (They also could use binder paper or a blank MS Word or Google Doc to complete this task.)
• 5-page PDF of half-sheet handouts if you’d like students to write shorter answers
Want more? A semester bell-ringer collection of 18 additional slide/handout sets are available here:
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