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Sparks are quick, adaptable writing prompts and activities

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Lessons are 1–2 session units focused on writing skill development and drafting

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Endangered Perspectives

by Ellen Fee, 826 MSP

Narrative
Poetry
STEM

Students will learn about endangered species, how animals become endangered, and then write either a poem or a story about a day-in-the-life about an endangered animal of their choosing.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Me

by Faisa, age 9, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem writes from the perspective of a Prairie Shooting Star flower, detailing a day in its life.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Timber Rattle Snake

by Abdikabir, age 8, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses the 1st person point-of-view to show what life looks like for a timber rattlesnake.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Animal Poem

by Mohamed F., 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses descriptive language to leave the reader clues about the animal it is depicting.

Grades 3–5
Lessons
New Holiday

by Ashley Smith, 826 Valencia

Narrative

In this lesson, students will explore different holidays people celebrate around the world and then create a new holiday of their own.

Grades 11–12
Writing
Nothing New to Us

by Julianna Cruz, 826 Dallas Project

Informational
Narrative

This narrative piece contemplates the struggle of immigrants during the pandemic.

Grades 4–8
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Details Detective

by Naomi Soloman, 826NYC

Narrative

In this Spark, students practice adding details into their writing, with the help of peer feedback.

Grades 4–8
Projects
Who Ya Gonna Call: Writing Spooky Stories

by Naomi Soloman, 826NYC

Narrative

Calling all ghostbusters! In this project, students will write their own ghost stories, focusing on tone, classic horror tropes, and plot twists.

Grades 1–3
Sparks
Spooky, Silly Stories

by 826 National, with inspiration from Naomi Soloman, 826NYC

Narrative

Calling all ghostbusters! In this Spark, students will learn more about what makes a spooky story and then develop their own creepy characters, with a silly twist.