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Grades 3–5
60+ Minutes
Informational, STEM
Videos

Curiosity Counts with Anne Richardson

In this lesson, you will create a simple scrapbook that showcases the facts, definitions, and details you’ve learned about a few of the items you found in a scavenger hunt.
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Grades 3–12
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Book Scavenger Hunt Poetry with Amanda Gorman

by Amanda Gorman

Poetry

Presidential Inaugural Poet, activist, and bestselling author Amanda Gorman shares one of her favorite techniques for starting a poem or getting over writers' block.

Grades 4–5
Videos
Writing to Create Change with Nidhi Hebbar

by 826 National

Persuasive

Misinformation Specialist with Google Nidhi Hebbar shares how you can use writing to inspire change and bring people into conversations about the issues you care about.

Grades 4–8
Videos
Inspiration in the Everyday with Charlotte Yeung

by Charlotte Yeung

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
Persuasive
Poetry

Midwest Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, Charlotte Yeung, shares one of her favorite brainstorming strategies for creating a new piece.

Grades 5–8
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Climactic Cliffhangers with Mac Barnett

by Mac Barnett

Narrative

Mac Barnett, a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children, illustrates how to end a story...or not.

Grades 3–5
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Birds in Flight: I’m Like a Lion

by 826 National, featuring Iman Abdullah, Grade 2, 826NYC

Poetry

Have you ever thought about what you have in common with an animal? In this lesson, students will write a comparison poem that explores these similarities and differences.

Grades 3–5
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Fill My Shoes

by Kinyel Friday, 826michigan

Narrative

Children's book author and 826michigan staffer, Kinyel Friday, shares a social emotional learning prompt that uses personification to bring emotions to life.

Grades 4–6
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Silly Scenes with Sean Thomason

by 826 National

Media
Narrative

In this lesson, you will create a character and show how a character would respond in a specific situation by writing dialogue, resulting in a silly scene.

Grades 4–8
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Interviewing Inanimate Objects with Daniel Handler

by Daniel Handler

Narrative

Author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shows there are no limits to imagination with this interviewing activity.

Grades 3–5
Videos
Guess Who? Animal Stories

by 826 National, featuring Milo Wu, Grade 2, NY

Poetry

In this lesson, you will introduce an animal you know a lot about as the narrator of a story. The narrator will provide descriptive details ask the reader "Guess who?" at the end.

Grades 4–6
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Superhero-O-Matic with Lisa Brown

by 826 National

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Author and illustrator Lisa Brown reads "Owl Girl. In this lesson, you will write a superhero story that introduces your character and establishes the context for your reader.

Grades 3–5
Videos
Sense Memories with Caitlin Horrocks

by 826 National

Narrative

Novelist and short story writer, Caitlin Horrocks, reads "My Full Yard" by Marisol of 826michigan and reflects on the imagery used in the poem.

Grades 3–6
Videos
Honey Bee: Lessons in Fables

by 826 National, featuring Isaac Reynolds, Grade 6

Narrative

What’s the moral of the story? In this lesson, students practice identifying and summarizing a moral in a fable written by a sixth grader.

Grades 3–5
Videos
Meaning From Shape (Elementary)

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Poetry

Journalist and 826 MSP staffer, Cristeta Boarini, shares a poetry prompt that walks students through using shapes to convey meaning.

Grades 2–12
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Hear Me Out with Javier Zamora

by Javier Zamora, 826 Valenica alumni and New York Times bestselling author

Memoir
Narrative
Persuasive
Poetry

Author Javier Zamora was an undocumented immigrant when he was a student. Now, he invites you to raise your voice and write to the next President of the United States.

Grades 4–5
Videos
Pumpkin Pie!!!: Favorite Food Stories

by 826 National, featuring Naomi Ku, Grade 6, 826LA

Poetry

What is the story of your favorite food? In this lesson, you will use descriptive details and sensory words to write a narrative that shares more about your favorite food.

Grade 5
Videos
Rhyming Words

by 826 National, featuring Raiya Chhabra, Grade 5, VA

Poetry

In this lesson, you will generate rhymes to use in a poem.

Grades 1–5
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What Do Feelings Sound Like?

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Poetry

Writer and 826michigan staffer Denise Ervin writes alongside students to show what feelings sound like.