The ASB Bell Ringer exercises are quick, mini-lessons designed to jump start a class period.
Materials: Paper and pen/pencil, or keyboard/printer.
Assignment: Read the paragraph below and re-write it into broadcast style, using active verbs when possible, and making it more conversational.
Tip: In the active voice you “make things do things.” Active version: “The receiver caught the pass.” Compare to the passive version: “The ball was caught by the receiver.”
Avoid: Adjectives, which can shade the story with reporter opinion.
Paragraph: A previously stolen wallet was found under a lab table by sophomore Kris Miller yesterday. The missing wallet was given to Mr. Jon Peterson, the school safety officer, just before first period. Unfortunately, missing was 52 dollars and a Visa debit card. The wallet belonged to science teacher Mr. Ed Harper. The debit card was canceled right after the wallet was discovered missing by Mr. Harper last Monday.
Lesson: This exercise teaches students to write in an active, conversational, broadcast style.