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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


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

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.

Grades 3–6
Informational, Social-Emotional Learning

Take a Stand: Anti-Bullying Skits

by Jessica Barbaria, 826NYC

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students dive into the many forms bullying can take, create scripts and role-play bullying scenarios, and reflect on their own experiences with bullying.

Grades 3–5
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Stand Up with a Story: Anti-Bullying Strategies

by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA

Lesson Summary

Students team up to write collaborative short stories about a character who stands up to a bully and discover how they can help end bullying.

Grades 1–5
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Me…a Villain?

by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA

Lesson Summary

Students consider the perspective of “other” in this lesson, where they create a villain with a compelling backstory and motivations and write short stories from the villain’s point of view.

Grades 1–3
Informational, Social-Emotional Learning

Kindness Counts

by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA

Lesson Summary

Why does kindness count? In this lesson, students will consider acts of kindness they’ve experienced or witnessed and reflect on the difference that kindness makes in the world.

Grades 3–5

Veggie Stories

By Jillian Wasick, 826 Valencia

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students write vegetable-inspired superhero stories.

Grades 8–12

Social Justice Poetry: Listening to the Trees

by Rebecca Darugar, 826NYC

Lesson Summary

Students examine relationships between art, poetry, politics, and current events, and reflect on personal experiences while writing social justice poetry.

Grades 7–12
Narrative, Poetry

Write with Pride: A LGBTQIA Writing Workshop

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Lesson Summary

Over the course of this lesson, students produce memoirs, poems, and essays that explore what it means to be a member of the LGBTQIA community in America today.

Grades 7–10

Fake News: A Lesson in Media Literacy

by Stephanie Wykstra, 826NYC

Lesson Summary

A student’s guide for evaluating evidence and learning to spot misleading and false information.

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