The ASB Bell Ringer exercises are quick, mini-lessons designed to jump start a class period
Category: Focus Statements
Materials: Pencil/pen and paper, or laptop/printer
Assignment: Write a focus statement to follow as you prepare to shoot a story about the event described below. Note: Think about a statement which will guide you as you produce a short, 60-second story.
Tip: You should be able to write a one-sentence focus statement for any story you do. Otherwise, you need to narrow your focus.
Example of a BAD focus statement: “The debate team is interesting.”
Example of a GOOD focus statement: “Three varsity debaters are going to the regional tournament after winning their events at districts.”
Your Event: A tailgate party before the football game included hot dogs, face-painting, a lip-sync contest between the classes (seniors/juniors/sophs/frosh) which the juniors won, and a performance by the dance team. Over 250 students and fans attended.
Assignment Part Two: Now narrow your focus statement to just three words—subject-verb-object.
Example of shortened focus statement: Debaters reach regionals.
Lesson: This exercise teaches students to develop narrow, shootable focus statements.