Focus on Grammar The Bundle of Bell Work or Bell Ringers DIGITAL REMOTE READY

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ELA in Middle School
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    180 days of ELA Middle School Bell Work, Bellwork or Bell Ringers. Sentence diagramming. Identifying parts of speech. Noun functions. The power of punctuation. 12 new powerful vocabulary words each week. Primarily designed for those grades that have a writing EOC or State Assessment, we feel that this collection of grammar-focused bell work will serve you and your student-scholars, whether you are teaching 5th grade, or 8th grade. Many of the bell work assignments act as mini-lessons, while all support your lessons in grammar. They are presented in both PowerPoint presentation (editable to a degree) and PDF (non-editable) versions for those teachers and schools or districts without projector capabilities. While these were created in PPT, the slides are fully accessible through your Google Drive by using Google Slides!

    I have always been responsible for teaching both the reading and writing sides of ELA to my 7th and 8th grade students, and, other than my student teaching days, I have never had the luxury of block scheduling. This is how I respond to the need to hit grammar standards, both CCSS and TEKS.

    Within this bundle, you have six separate six-week sections, or units, to take your students through the year. The routine established in week 2 is followed for the entire school year. This allows your student-scholars to know what to expect, and be mentally prepared for the mission at hand. Mondays are new vocabulary days; Tuesdays are practice days for new information and review; Wednesdays are reserved for sentence diagramming; Thursdays are a return to vocabulary as students complete a Frayer model “sextant” which includes antonyms and synonyms; and Fridays are set aside for vocabulary quizzes which you design! (We will be creating quizzes at a later date!)

    During the first 5 six-week sections, students will review or be introduced to (not necessarily in this order) the following:

    Sentence diagramming;

    Vocabulary building with weekly vocabulary words and Frayer modeling (over 430 words in total!) ;

    Basic parts of speech of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions;

    Noun functions of subject, direct object, indirect object, and objects of prepositions and infinitives;

    Verb types of transitive, intransitive, infinitive, and gerunds with reviews of linking and helping;

    The four sentence structures of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex; Appositives and appositive, prepositional, and infinitive phrases; and,

    Independent and dependent clauses to include adverb, adjective, and noun clauses.

    The final six-week section focuses on review.

    You should find that the use of sentence stems, full sentences, and simple, easy to follow instructions provide differentiation for your SPED and EL populations. I do encourage seating arrangements that allow for peer support as well. Slides are editable, so if you feel that your scholars are not ready for the sentences provided, you can change them, or remove animations if you need to.

    And remember, if you have purchased any of the individual products already, after purchasing the bundle you can get a refund for the purchase price of your previous, original purchase!

    We would greatly value your feedback! Please let us know how this (and other products you may have gotten from us) worked for you and your scholars/students! Is there any way you feel it could be improved? Email us at, or through the feedback at Teachers Pay Teachers!

    Best wishes and thank you,

    Matthew and Suzanne

    ELA in Middle School proudly displays the artwork of Ron Leishman’s Digital Toonage on the covers and in the slides and pages of this product! Please visit Ron’s store for yourself!

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    LICENSING TERMS: By purchasing this product, you own a license for one teacher only for personal use in your classroom. Licenses are non-transferable, meaning they cannot be passed from one teacher to another. No part of this resource is to be shared with colleagues or used by an entire grade level, school, or district without purchasing the proper number of licenses. I you are a coach, principal or district interested in transferable licenses to accommodate yearly staff changes, please contact TpT for Schools at or find more information under “Schools” on the Teachers Pay Teachers site.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Acquire and use accurately a range of 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 encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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