TNReady Bell Ringer Races for Middle Grades ELA


Sample Question Slide
Sample Question Slide

Start the year with Ready, Set, TNReady Bell Ringer Races for ELA in the middle grades (6-8). Featuring an engaging and motivating theme with independent student tracking built in, this bundle provides bell ringers for you to use the entire year to set your students up for success on this new test.

Designed as a race with “passage pit stops” and “student race logbooks,” students track their progress throughout the year in their very own logbook where they also record answers and explain their rationale.

These questions are painstakingly aligned to the TNReady test; this includes passages, question stems, question types, and aesthetic appearance.

For a more detailed overview, check out this YouTube Overview:

Information Included:

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Overview Slide w/ Hyperlinks
  • 69 Slide PowerPoint
  • Overview of ‘Content & Resources Slide’ with hyperlinks to corresponding slides
  • 7 Slides of easy-to-read teacher tables for all 50 questions
  • Tables include: Question # + Passage w/ hyperlink to slide, standard, question type, and correct answer
  • ‘Rules of the Race’ slide to explain the bell ringers in student friendly language
Explain Your Answer Slide
Explain Your Answer Slide
  • ‘Explaining an Answer’ slide teaching students how to prove a multiple choice question with evidence including sentence starters and exemplar
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Passage Pit Stop
  • 5 Slides of ‘Passage Pit Stops,’ which are the passages that correspond to questions
  • 50 Slides of TNReady aligned questions
  • Each question slide include the question, correct answer, question type, explanation of distractors, & explanation of correct answers w/ animation already built into the slides
  • 3 Template Slides so you can build your own questions
  • 15- Page Student “TNReady, Set, Race Log Book” to be used throughout the year.
  • Included as a PDF and Word document.
  • Student tracker on front page
  • All passages aka ‘Passage Pit Stops’ are included in the Log Book for students to annotate and reference
  • Students record their answer and must explain why their answer is correct using evidence
Student Race Log Book
Student Race Log Book
  • 15-Page Teacher “TNReady, Set, Race Log Book” with main idea annotations, answers, and explanations.
  • Answers and explanation in Microsoft Comments.
  • PDF and Word file included

How Does it Work:

Teacher Table for Every Question
Teacher Table for Every Question

Easily choose a question by standard or question type using the teacher tables with embedded links.

Introduce the bell ringers to your students using the student friendly directions in the PPT.

Student Log Book w/ Tracker on Front Page
Student Log Book w/ Tracker on Front Page

Give students the “TNReady, Set, Race Logbook” included in the bundle. Use the slide ‘Explaining an Answer’ to model how to prove an answer choice using evidence.

Teacher Copy of Race Log Book with Main Idea Annotations & Correct Answers
Teacher Copy of Race Log Book with Main Idea Annotations & Correct Answers

Daily, weekly, or monthly: choose questions based on the standards or question types you are covering in class. Use the teacher guide slides at the beginning of the PPT to locate this info. Conversely, choose questions you want to remediate or reteach based on mastery.

Give students time to read/annotate the passage and answer the question located in their Student Log Book.

Use the explanations provided on every slide to review the distractors and why the correct answer is right.



These bell ringers will specifically get students ready for the reading portion of the TNReady test taken in April.

Note that the standards largely reflect 7th grade standards. This set of bell ringers uses passages from all grade levels and lines of questioning used across grades. This bundle is appropriate for all middle grades.

The standards included are (these are aligned to TNReady and the national Common Core Assessment):
• RI.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RI.7.2: Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
• RI.7.3: Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
• RI.7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
• RI.7.5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
• RI.7.6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
• RI.7.7: Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
• RI.7.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
• 6/7.L.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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