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Grades 6–8

Poetry as Retelling

by Aarti Monteiro

Lesson Summary

Students will read a poem by Eve L. Ewing and learn to write a poem that retells or reimagines an experience.

Grades 1–5

If Poems

by 826 New Orleans

Lesson Summary

Students will imagine what they would do if they were someone or something else.

Grades 1–6
Informational, Narrative

Heroes In the Community

by Rebecca Escoto and Cynthia Aguilar, 826LA

Lesson Summary

Students will identify the characteristics of a hero, familiarize themselves with heroes in their own community, and write an explanatory piece identifying a hero in their community.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Persuasive

Dear Election

by 826 New Orleans

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students have an opportunity to write a letter expressing their views on issues that matter to them most surrounding an election.

Grades 4–12
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive

Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

by Cristeta Boarini, 826MSP, and Skylar Burkhardt, 826 National

Lesson Summary

Few expressions of gratitude are more meaningful than a personalized letter. In this lesson, students reach out to essential workers and return their acts of service and kindness by giving thanks.

Grades 1–5
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Write for Inclusion Publishing Kit

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Lesson Summary

Students write two stories focused on the power of inclusion with this downloadable, printable, DIY publishing kit.

Grades 4–8

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

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

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.

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