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. This is Vol. 2 of many of my 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 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. You do need to know your history if you are going to keep up with them.
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 them all up during the six/nine weeks it could become a big part.
There are 50+ more questions in this set/vol. and I will have many more in the near future. There are many national, state, and even local questions.