Daily Reading Morning Work ELA Bell Ringers for Middle School
Within this journal you will find some fantastic fiction, nonfiction and poetry (in addition to fun and engaging activities). All passages are accompanied by relevant and meaningful questions to help your students review and master those English elements that appear on state standards.
Includes: Close read, deciphering meaning, text dependent questions, higher order thinking skills, fiction and poetic elements, nonfiction elements, and so much more!
How To Use:
✏Extra work when assignments are complete
This Journal Includes:
✏ Illustration Inspection - Asking students to be observant, identify and note key
details within an image. Here we invite students to ask questions that lead to more
observations and reflections.
✏ Elements of Fiction – A fictional passage with close read questions is presented.
Concepts can be any fictional element including (but not limited to) point of view,
characterization, plot, mood, theme, etc.
✏ Did You Know? – Nonfiction elements are key in this activity. Did you know offers
interesting facts about a topic that many students will find fascinating and probably
✏What Would You Do? – A scenario is proposed and students are to answer how
they would handle the situation.
✏ Quote Connection (with A bit o’ fun) – A quote is given and students are to
answer questions regarding the world, themselves, and meaning.
✏ Finish the Story – A paragraph (sometimes two) is written to begin a plot. The last
sentence is incomplete, where students are to complete the sentence and move the
plot forward with their own creativity.
✏ Poetry Analysis – Analyzing a poem using poetic elements.
✏ What Time Is It? – A nonfiction historical text is presented in this activity. Students
are to read and answer the questions relating to the text.
✏ Literary Lessons – This activity incorporates Classic literature. Close read/
deciphering meaning are key elements in this activity.
✏ Creative Logic- These are fun activities allowing students to use their knowledge
and creativity together.
✏ Vocabulary Review – Throughout the four weeks, there are vocabulary terms that
are bolded and underlined. These terms are analyzed in this activity.
✏ Monthly Reflection – Reflecting upon the month in this last activity and writing goals
for the following month.
20 different activities
✏Relevant to common core and state standards!
✏Student calendar for ensuring completion and tracking progress
✏No prep work, just print and go!
Ideally each days’ activity will take no more than 8-10 minutes. Some may take less.
The purpose of this journal is to continue reinforcing the lessons
which you teach. The readings are of high interest for this age range for they have all been written specifically for a middle school audience.
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