Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts

Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
Narration Bell Ringers and Narrative Writing Prompts
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Are you looking for a resource to help your students meet standards for narrative writing? These Narration Bell Ringers and Writing Prompts are exactly what you need. Use these gorgeous slides to begin class or anytime during class when you'd like your students to write. Interesting, vivid images and intriguing, thought-provoking prompts spark students to “Tell a Story.” These 28 different bell ringers provide a wide variety of images and prompts, enough for five weeks of writing with a couple to spare.

These prompts support the Common Core Standards for Narrative Writing – particularly CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.A and D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.A and D, and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.A and D. The responses your students write can also provide the basis for more extensive and detailed narrative pieces that can meet the remaining standards: grades 8 – 12, B, C, and E.

Teaching Tips:
1. Have students respond to 5 – 7 prompts and then allow them to select one to develop into a longer narrative piece. (When students do this, you can teach the elements listed in standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.B and E, 9-10.3.B and E, and 11-12.3.B and E.)

2. Teach students the word “vignette” (pronounced vinYETTE). The best definition of this word in conjunction with this resource is this: Vignette (noun): in fiction, a small scene or sketch of only one moment or incident; can occur at any point in a story. Teach students that they are only writing one small part – a vignette - of the story; whether that vignette is developed later on is up to them (and you.)

3. Teach students the term “in medias res”, Latin, meaning “into the middle of things.” Students may achieve good results by starting their stories in the middle of the action, in the middle of a scene, or in the middle of a conversation as opposed to starting at what they perceive to be the traditional beginning. (You can build on this concept when you have students select one response to develop. Doing so will help you meet standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.C, 9-10.3.C, and 11-12.3.C.)


This resource includes:
28 gorgeous PowerPoint slides with a variety of images and prompts that will engage your teen students.

Writing Journal Pages in five different designs give your students a defined place to write their stories. lined pages for your students’ stories are included with this resource – three for bell ringers or writing prompts and two for short writings or exit tickets. (See the list below.) Each has a place for an abbreviated prompt title to save you time as you are reading/assessing. (See the Table of Contents.)

LOOKING FOR MORE BELL RINGERS AND WRITING PROMPTS? Take a look here:
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Poetry Bell Ringers and Writing Responses Constructed Responses or Essays

Bell Ringers Class Openers for Any High School or Middle School Classroom Set 2


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