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Word of the Day Bell Ringers w/ Fantasy Narrative Assignment

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Grade 8, 9, 10, 11, 12



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Elevate the vocabulary skills of your middle and high school students with this resource, which introduces 35 intricate and unique words (sourced from past SAT Writing & Language tests). This process is made engaging through bell-ringer activities and a culminating fantasy narrative writing assignment.

Instruction with this resource is straightforward. Start each class by introducing a new word using the provided slideshow, while students jot down notes or submit their original sentence using the day's word through the associated Google Form. Once all 35 words have been covered, distribute the Science Fiction writing assignment. This assignment consists of planning and drafting activities, a peer review session, and includes a Common Core-aligned rubric.

Conceived to kick-off a class period within the time typically used for attendance, your download comprises:

  • - A 35-slide PowerPoint presentation detailing each word's part of speech, definition, an example sentence, its origin, and a prompt for students to register their original sentence in their digital “word journal”.

  • - A link to a Google Slide Word Journal to share with students. This allows them to document the word of the day and their unique sentence, creating an easily accessible collection of responses to facilitate assessment.

  • - A printable alternative of the Word Journal, complete with directions, weekly word entries, and a 'completion' rubric.

  • - A summative assessment in the form of a fantasy narrative essay. This assignment challenges students to incorporate the newly acquired vocabulary into an original piece


capitulate, talisman, sanctimonious, plaudit, malinger, ameliorate, eclectic, jubilant, analgesic, savant, bourgeois, impecunious, misnomer, pejorative, choleric, diurnal, flippant, mercenary, tawdry, posthumous, antediluvian, sybarite, germinal, affable, pariah, urbane, mendacious, puerile, acquiesce, resplendent, nuance, braggart, ambulatory, truncate, cantankerous

Although this resource can be fitted for any secondary Language Arts classroom, it has been carefully designed to work best in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The included activities and rubric are subtly but specifically tied to Common Core ELA Standard for Language (1, 2, and 4) and Writing (3). This resource is provided in a print-ready, bookmarked, and adjustable PDFs, Google Form, and PowerPoint Show files.

This resource contains: 5 pages; 36 slides; 1 Google Form.

Resource Tags

SAT Vocabulary Rubric Creative Writing Bell Ringer

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