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Looking for a way to work in a few language standards using great literature? This is a collection of five bell work assignments that use To Kill a Mockingbird as a model but focuses on punctuation, word choice, and sentence structure.
This product includes the following:
--Five bell work assignments. Each "bell ringer" contains five questions--I find that number gives me enough time to take roll and other housekeeping chores but doesn't take too much class time. This is a Microsoft Word file so you are free to format the questions to meet the needs of your class. Each assignment follows roughly the same format.
--Common Core Chart that lists the standards addressed with each assignment. This is included in its entirety in the preview file so you know what to expect.
The following topics are covered on more than one assignment: word choice, using context clues to determine word meaning, semicolons, the ellipsis, and usage errors. These assignments are a great companion to an entire unit on To Kill a Mockingbird, but you can also use them as stand-alone assignments.
I enjoy teaching grammar in context and showing my students what professional writers use, and I see the most improvement their writing when I use this method. The preview file shows a complete bell work assignment and the common core chart.