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This is a FREE resource to give you an idea of what to expect from my (forthcoming) Standards-Based Bell Ringers for Civics & American Government. Centered around the Florida State Standards for Middle School Civics, I've been creating Bell Ringers for this upcoming school year that provide enrichment, practice, and reinforcement for the material we'll be studying in class each week.
Each week of Bell Ringers will be focused on a different objective from the curriculum -- for instance "Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship", "The Legislative Branch", "The Bill of Rights", or "John Locke & the Social Contract".
My intention was to create a 5-10 minute starter activity for every day that is not only engaging for the students, but eases them into the mindset for the daily lesson. That way, rather than just something we fill out in the beginning of class, the Bell Ringers become a study tool in and of themselves, enriching the curriculum and reinforcing the ideas our Civics class is centered around.
This free PDF is a sample week of Bell Ringers centered around the concept of voting! 5 prompts range from:
* Analyzing a quote by Thomas Jefferson: What does it mean that we have a government "by the majority that participates"?
* How does voting benefit the common good?
* Students vote for their favorites between a list of choices!
* How many women are in Congress right now? Would the country be different if more women were in charge?
* The 26th Amendment gives 18 year olds the right to vote. Should the voting age be lowered even more?
Give it a try, see if these Bell Ringers are something that will work for your classroom!
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