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Teaching language arts is a lot like a juggling act. I've often felt I'm ignoring key grammar skills while focusing on literature, but bell work assignments that use the author's work allows us to work on both. This is a collection of fifteen bell work assignments that analyze 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.