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Journalism Quickwrites: 100 Writing Bell-Ringers for an ENTIRE Semester

Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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116 pages
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Strengthen your student journalists' writing skills while starting class with meaningful writing bell-ringers, or quickwrites, that cover essential elements of journalism. These bell-ringers are designed to quickly activate students' thinking and prepare them for learning. If you've never consistently used bell-ringers or quickwrites at the start of class, you're missing out. Bell-ringers are best practice for student learning, but they also give you a few minutes at the start of each class to take attendance, check in with students, and take care of any other "housekeeping" tasks. They are a GAME-CHANGER! :)

I created this collection of 100 bell-ringers over the last 5 years of teaching journalism. Each year, I added different quickwrites, and now I have MORE than enough. That's why you'll love this resource: You can pick and choose the quickwrites that work best for you and your students. Better yet, you can use the EDITABLE template to tweak my quickwrites and add your own ones that are tailored to your students and curriculum.

When you purchase this product, you will receive an EDITABLE PowerPoint version, as well as a PDF version. If you use the editable version, you will need to download a font (instructions included).

The quickwrites are divided into the following sections:

  1. Quote Response *I usually integrate these in the following units*
  2. Introduction to Journalism/News
  3. News Determinants/Newsworthiness
  4. News Purposes/Functions
  5. History of Journalism
  6. First Amendment/Journalistic Law
  7. Journalistic Ethics
  8. Interviewing
  9. Newswriting
  10. Opinion Writing
  11. Feature Writing
  12. Other/Miscellaneous
  13. Blank Template

Please note that some of these bell-ringers require access to print or online newspaper, as they are some "Article Choice" quickwrites that ask students to read and analyze an article in some way. There are some bell-ringers that include article links, so if your students do not have devices, you will need to print those copies out beforehand. I have included 100 bell-ringers (more than enough) so that even if you don't have technology, you can find enough non-tech quickwrites to use.

If you have any questions about how to use this resource in your classroom, don't hesitate to ask. :) Enjoy!

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