I have been teaching for over a quarter century and have learned a ton of tricks over the years just to get my students ready for my upcoming lessons. One of my tricks had them stat thinking the minute they walked into our classroom. It's nothing new but it got the to know I meant business and we had very limited time each day. 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 want.
I used most of them for EXTRA CREDIT just 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 in American history or your state history. 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 it all up during the six/nine weeks.
There are 50+ questions in this set and I will have many more in the near future.