This is a collection of fifteen bell work assignments that analyze the sentence structure and grammar of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A chart is also included that lists the common core standards addressed by each one, and an answer key is included.
Each "bell ringer" contains five questions--I find that number gives me enough time to take roll and other housekeeping chores but doesn't take too much class time. The questions use Mr. Bradbury's sentences as a model and encourage young writers to mimic his sentence structure. The bell work file is a Microsoft Word document so you can create a format that works best for your class.
Most of the Common Core standards addressed are ninth and tenth grade, but there are a few eighth grade standards thrown in. The following topics are covered on more than one assignment: word choice; participial and absolute phrases; colons; semicolons; the ellipsis; the dash; independent and dependent clauses; and determining word meaning using context clues.
I enjoy teaching grammar in context and showing my students what professional writers use, and I see the most improvement in their writing when I use this method. The preview file shows the entire Common Core chart, one sample bell ringer, and its answers.
Leslie Allen at Keeping it Classy