My great-great-grandmother's parents were born in Illinois in the late 1700's so I figure it would be only fitting if I offer a set of bell ringers for them.
According to stories I have heard – but only heard – my great, great, grandmother was born in Mississippi but later moved to Louisiana where she met my great great-grandfather got married and they had one son born in Texas. There are no records of my great great-grandfather as he moved a lot and my great-grandfather was born between censes'.
His family was all from Oklahoma therefore I felt it would be only fair if I did a set of bell ringers in his honor. My dad was born in New Mexico, lived much of his life in Oklahoma, got married in Texas and died in Louisiana. So I need to honor him and his father, mother, sibling, grandparents and great grandparents with various sets. He went thru elementary school in Oklahoma and always loved and talked about Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Illinois.
In my early life I grew up in Texas and later moved to Louisiana in Junior High when my dad had to move due to his job. I have been teaching Louisiana history for over a quarter century and have learned a bag of tricks over the years just to get my students ready for my upcoming lessons. This is Vol. 8 – the Mississippi Edition of my many bell ringers.
One of my tricks had them start thinking the minute they walked into our classroom. It's nothing new really but it got them to know I meant business and we had VERY limited time each class period.
Most of these bell ringers were only 'graded' on following directions and most of them are open-ended so that they could write whatever they wanted. You will need to know your own state history if you are going to keep up with them.
I used most of them for EXTRA CREDIT but they got a feeling of being special in my class. The answers were not hard but made them think and do it in a very limited time – generally one to five minutes.
Most of these bell ringers can be used with any history text. I used them in my own Louisiana history classes. I generally gave my students a point a day if they got it right – which most of them got, or no point if they got any part of it wrong. It never mounted up to a large part of their grade except as I added them all up during the six/nine weeks it could become a big part.
There are 70+ more questions in this set/vol. which is all Illinois questions and I will have many more (maybe somewhere) in the near future.