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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
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.

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