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Grades 4–8
Narrative

King Cake Pourquoi Tales

by Kyley Pulphus, 826 New Orleans

Lesson Summary

In this workshop, students will create a pourquoi tale, or origin story, of how a local delicacy came to be.

Grades 6–10
Narrative

Looking Out the Window: A Place Memoir

by Aarti Monteiro, 826NYC

Lesson Summary

Emotions play a big role in how we remember places important to us. Students explore this notion by writing memoirs, using plot, dialogue, and description to bring their stories to life.

Grades 11–12
Narrative

The Great College Essay Project: Write Your Way In

by Kyley Pulphus, 826 New Orleans

Lesson Summary

This lesson supports college-bound students in writing compelling personal statements. Students will go from blank page to finished draft as they brainstorm, develop, and analyze personal statements.

Grades 3–5
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Include Someone, Make a Difference

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Lesson Summary

This lesson encourages students to consider and write about the myriad ways to include someone, stop bullying before it starts, and make a difference.

Grades 9–12
Narrative, Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Change the Ending, Take Back Your Power

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students explore the genres of historical and speculative fiction before they reimagine a time they felt powerless and write a different outcome.

Grades 5–6
Narrative, Poetry

Inspired by Under Milk Wood

by Miriam Nash, Ministry of Stories and BBC History

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students will emulate Dylan Thomas’ famous drama, Under Milk Wood. Students will create imaginative works of fiction that examine their neighborhood in order to bring it to life.

Grades 6–9
Social-Emotional Learning

Our Values

by Rebecca Darugar, 826NYC

Lesson Summary

Students will work in a collaborative, constructive setting to create a vision for your classroom as a safe space for students and teachers.

Grades 3–9
Narrative

Beyond the Page: Writing Graphic Novels

by Klariza Alvaran, 826CHI

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students explore the graphic novel genre with a focus on plot and character development, scripting dialogue, and visual composition.

Grades 6–9
Informational, Narrative, Poetry

True Connections: Personal Experiences with Social Media

by Rebecca Darugar, Liz Levine, and Brancey Mora, 826NYC and 826 National

Lesson Summary

Invite students to write about their personal experiences with social media and online platforms with this lesson from 826NYC.

Grades 6–9
Narrative, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

Dramarama!

by Debra Mitchell, 826CHI

Lesson Summary

Students become script detectives in this lesson, searching for the underlying structure of every play. Student then draw from memories to inspire original plays.

Grades 6–10
Poetry, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

Poets in Revolt!

by Ola Faleti, 826CHI, with an Introduction by Amanda Gorman, Inaugural US Youth Poet Laureate of America

Lesson Summary

The pen is mightier than the sword. In this lesson, students learn there's no better evidence of this than the poetry behind social movements.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

From a Friend

by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students write letters to someone special and reflect on the impact of being kind towards others.

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