Sentence Correction—Unit for Daily Bell Work
Using sentence practices as “bell-ringers” helps students beyond giving them an activity to focus them as they walk into the classroom; sentence practice activities sharpen editing skills and habituate students to seeing Standard English as it is transformed from Non-standard English.
Sentence practice activities work to two types of learning: the first is almost a kind of muscle memory—correcting out of practice without much thought because something “looks” wrong, the second is rule application where those students who have the cognitive ability to learn and apply rules can analytically find and correct errors based on what they have taken down as rules.
This mini-unit lasts for three weeks--one week per section of the novel ("Opening" through "Cassette 2 Side B," "Cassette 3 Side A" through Cassette 4 Side B," and "Cassette 5 Side A" to the remainder of the novel). The resource includes NoteBook and PowerPoint files that both explain the grammar concepts and apply them, a booklet for student work, a rubric for evaluation of the sentence practice activities, a quiz and key for each week, and all other materials necessary to use the bell-ringers immediately.