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Grades 9–10
Writing
An Indescribable Place

by Samantha Wint, Grade 9, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem uses metaphors and similes to explore many dualities of the narrator's life.

Grades 6–10
Sparks
Slang Candy Hearts

by 826 National

Candy hearts are a Valentine’s Day staple, with their funny—even punny—sayings about love. In this Spark, students will lean into the world of youth slang to write some “sweet” sayings of their own.

Grades 6–9
Sparks
Power to the People Haikus

by Ola Faleti, 826CHI

Poetry

Students draw inspiration from powerful people they admire to write haiku poetry.

Grades 1–12
Educator
Writing for Change

by 826 National

Memoir
Narrative
Poetry

A collection of 826 resources and Mentor Texts that foster creating social change through writing

Grade 6
Writing
Cinnamon the Corgi

by Claire Leiva, Grade 6, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem about the writer's favorite animal--corgis!

Grades 9–12
Writing
Racial Autobiography

by Bianca Morcho, 826 MSP

Memoir
Narrative

A personal essay that explores the different shades of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Grades 9–12
Writing
The Achilles Heel

by Salma Khalif, 826 MSP

Poetry

A powerful poem that lifts up Black women.

Grades 6–8
Lessons
Super Sentences Rhymes

by Naomi Solomon, 826NYC

Poetry

In this lesson, students will learn about different types of rhymes, identify rhymes in lyrics and generate rhymes to use in their own lyrics.

Grades 6–12
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Battling the Page with Johan Bergenas

by 826 National

Informational
Narrative
Persuasive
Poetry

In this lesson, you will build your confidence as a writer by battling the page on a consistent basis.