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Grades 5–8
Narrative, Playwriting

The Great Achievement

Marco, 826LA
A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!
What Your Students Will Produce

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Grade 5
Writing
George Washington’s Meal

by Eric, 826CHI

Narrative

This student recounts a fictional chat with George Washington about the American Revolution over a meal.

Grade 8
Writing
3 and 1: The Golden State Warriors Came Close

by Emmanuel J., 826NYC

Informational

An avid basketball fan discusses the rise of the Golden State Warriors through its individual players.

Grades 7–8
Writing
Who I Am

by Duanté, 826 Valencia

Narrative

A personal narrative about race and identity.

Grade 8
Writing
Lessons of a Lifetime

by Jiaxi, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A student’s worldview is forever altered after a lesson on the Segregation Era and Jim Crow.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Queen Anne’s Lace

by Dahlia-Rose, 826NYC

Informational
Poetry
STEM

A field guide to Queen Anne’s Lace and a day in the life from a flower’s perspective.

Grade 8
Writing
Where I’m From and What I Want

by Dayana Alvarado, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A student shares finding home in two places: Mexico and Chicago.

Grade 8
Writing
2.719 Million People

by Sebastian Cendejas, 826CHI

Informational
Narrative

A student reflects on how much Chicago means to them.

Grades 1–5
Writing
Me, Myself, and I
by Cartoon Network

by Kevin, 826LA

Poetry

A letter from the author to the author on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Happy

by Evelyn Escamilla, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem uses metaphors and similes to describe happiness.

Grade 7
Writing
Meanwhile at Jump City School…

by Issa Caothien, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Media
Narrative

In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that if you work together, you're golden!

Grade 7
Writing
7 / 5 / 2 / 1 / 1

by Isabella Serrato, Grade 7, 826 Dallas Project

Poetry

This poem uses sound devices to enhance the overall tone.

Grades 5–6
Writing
My Father’s Surprise

by Emmanuel, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a tender first sighting between brothers on a family trip to El Salvador.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Luna in the Battle for Preservation

by Vanessa, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A story about a mermaid named Luna and the epic battle to save Benzo, a rainbow-colored kingdom, using the power of love.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Letter

by Ehmely, 826CHI

Informational

A crucial missive for anyone playing a high-stakes game of "Hide and Seek".

Grade 7
Writing
The Particle Accelerator / El Acelerador de Partículas

by Angel, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

Several friends harness a new source of energy and develop superpowers—with a surprise ending! Both Spanish and English versions available.

Grade 5
Writing
The Story of Betty
by Cartoon Network

by Natalia, 826CHI

Narrative

A story told by her grandfather leads Betty on a journey where fiction and reality collide.

Grades 8–9
Writing
Shout-Out Poem

by Anjum, 826CHI

Poetry

A shout-out poem to some things missed (Hyderabad) and celebrated (Mom).

Grades 7–8
Writing
Just Glitter and Be Questioning

by Eva, 826 Valencia

Narrative

A student celebrates the journey of discovering whom to love.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Earth

by Kaitlyn, 826NYC

Informational
Poetry
STEM

A creation myth reimagined in a poem.

Grade 8
Writing
When I Laughed the Hardest

by Diego, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

On the funniest day of this student’s life…

Grades 6–7
Writing
Daddy Longlegs

by Chelsea, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
STEM

A creative field guide to Daddy Longlegs.

Grade 5
Writing
Haikus

by Robert, 826CHI

Poetry

A collection of haikus spanning books and cosmology.

Grade 8
Writing
Burning Love

by Lola, 826 Valencia

Poetry

A poem that portrays the arc of a love story told through the gift of a cigarette lighter.

Grade 5
Writing
Once Upon a Time in the Crisis of 3016

by Matthew, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Originally written and recorded as a podcast, these two unlikely heroes and the technological crisis of year 3016 will have you gripping the edge of your seat!

Grades 4–5
Writing
Eastern Gray Squirrel

by Reyes, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
Poetry
STEM

A creative field guide to the eastern gray squirrel.

Grade 8
Writing
Memoir

by Laila, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A memoir about losing a parent—and a community’s support.

Grades 8–9
Writing
Jazmine & Vanessa

by Jazmine & Vanessa, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

Over a series of letters, two compassionate and resilient students develop a deep friendship sealed in writing.

Grade 5
Writing
The Spirit of Janet

by Natalie, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A spirit named Janet haunts a dance studio as five young dancers arm themselves with a vacuum, a bottle, and the internet.

Grade 8
Writing
Meanwhile at the Creek…

by Gabriela T., 826 Valencia

Media
Narrative

In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that inclusive leaders take action—they don't wait for others to make a difference.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Dear Jackie Chan

by Luis, 826LA

Narrative

This student writes a letter to a hero with a sweet double kick: Jackie Chan!

Grades 6–7
Writing
We’ll Still Try: The Fight of the Standing Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

by Destiny, 826NYC

Persuasive
Poetry
STEM

In this poem, a student contrasts conflicting perspectives on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Grade 8
Writing
The Deadly Ivory Trade and What It’s Really Costing Us

by Piya, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

A demand to the public stop to buying ivory that seeks to explain the devastating effects of poaching on elephant and rhino populations.

Grade 5
Writing
Jack, aka DJ Beatmaker, on How to Stop Bullying

by Jack, Grade 5, 826 New Orleans

Informational

In this transcript, a student shares three clear actions to stand up to bullies.

Grade 8
Writing
The Sun Radiates With Light

by Cora B., Grade 8

Narrative

This narrative uses nature imagery, to help the reader walk through a day in the speaker's shoes

Grades 4–5
Writing
Mi Casa and The Skatepark

by Ivan Newton Ponce, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem uses sensory details to describe the writer's favorite places.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Relationship Poem

by Erriyanna, 826michigan

Poetry

An epic poem about a younger sister. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Rap for Stan Lee

by Luis, 826LA

Media
Poetry

A rap song dedicated to the Marvel comic writer Stan Lee and his inspired creations like the Hulk, Deadpool, Iron Man, and The Fantastic Four.

Grades 6–8
Writing
The Crane in the Constellations
by Cartoon Network

by Alondra, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

An epic story of a princess who seeks acceptance among the stars.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Weirdness of 1:00 A.M.

by Felix E., 826 Valencia

Narrative

A student's fear is conquered after a startling discovery.

Grade 5
Writing
Slow

by Sumaya, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem uses analogies to describe different objects the writer would like to be.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Bryan

by Elsy, 826LA

Media
Narrative
Poetry

Song lyrics about memories of cake and pizza, friendship, and giving 1,000 opinions.

Grade 8
Writing
Optimism

by Mya, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A piece packed with vivid description about taking risks at an ice rink.

Grades 7–9
Writing
New Sport: Pencils

by Jason, 826michigan

Informational

Making bottle flipping look like child's play, this piece outlines rules for the new, competitive Fantasy Sport "Pencils".

Grades 5–6
Writing
This is Just to Say

by Yanni, 826NYC

Poetry

This poem is written in the style of William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say” and celebrates small acts of unapologetic joy.

Grade 7
Writing
New York + Her Plans

by Sela, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem holds big dreams for the speaker's future.

Grades 3–5
Writing
How Dinosaurs Went Extinct

by Charlie, 826michigan

Informational
Narrative

A very scientific retelling of why dinosaurs went extinct.

Grades 6–7
Writing
The Freezy Pen

by Giovanna, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative

An informative how-to on using a pen that can manipulate time and space.

Grades 7–8
Writing
BLM

by Chelsea, 826NYC

Poetry

An acrostic poem about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Grade 8
Writing
How to Know if You’re Awake

by Tylor, 826NYC

Informational

A lean but essential checklist for readers to determine if they are awake.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Life Before and After Becoming President

by Kelis, 826michigan

Informational
Narrative

This student describes what it would be like to become the first female president, campaigning on education for all, friendlier attitudes, more food and housing, and snow days!

Grade 5
Writing
Dance

by Elena, 826michigan

Poetry

Thinking of Cherry Coke lip gloss, community, and dancing, this narrator celebrates life from their front stoop.

Grades 4–5
Writing
How Bullying Makes You Feel
by Cartoon Network

by Lux, 826NYC

Informational

A student reflects on their experiences with bullying and how they’ll take a stand in the future.

Grades 7–8
Writing
Hoverboard Failure

by Kevin, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

An informational briefing on a horrible incident in the year 5176 that changed the hoverboarding industry forever.

Grade 8
Writing
Wage Gap: Who Does It Affect?

by Xaria, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

An argument against the wage gap that prevails in the U.S. and across the globe.

Grade 5
Writing
The Miners

by Robert, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem that explores the struggles of mine workers.

Grades 6–7
Writing
Always Dreaming

by Harrison, 826michigan

Poetry
STEM

A recursive poem that helps students explore the potential connections between math fractals and verse.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Thing That Came from Above

by Joshua, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Alien monsters and a young boy forge a friendship over a dramatic series of events.

Grades 3–5
Writing
How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand

by Winta, 826DC

Informational

A concise but essential list of survival tips in the event of a sweet disaster.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Mission: Life on Mars?

by Elaine, 826 Boston

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A diary entry reflecting on a secret mission to Mars!

Grade 6
Writing
Dividing By Zero

by Sophia, 826CHI

Poetry

In this poem, a student makes some noise about resilience and beating the odds.

Grades 8–9
Writing
Booking an Adventure

by William, 826LA

Memoir
Narrative

A teen discovers the power of books to transport him to another world, and shares his excitement about becoming a published author.

Grade 5
Writing
Mighty and the Three Kids

by Oscar, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

The story of a lifetime—literally.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Sea Lettuce

by Talia, 826NYC

Informational
Narrative
STEM

A creative field guide to Sea Lettuce.

Grade 8
Writing
It’s All About the Teamwork

by Victor, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

An epic memoir about an epic volleyball match! Who will win: the teachers or the students?

Grades 6–7
Writing
The Adventures of Nutriman and Junkster

by Saeed, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

Food justice advocacy is reimagined by this student as an epic battle rages between Nutriman, Captain Nutritional, and Junkster in a school cafeteria!

Grades 6–8
Writing
Dear Mom

by Jin, 826LA

Narrative

This student says thank you to her Mom, her hero, for a life full love and beef noodles!

Grade 5
Writing
Poem

by Abdinasir, 826 MSP

Poetry

This poem shares what someone might experience on Halloween.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cheezy

by Madison, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

This poem leaves the reader descriptive clues to help them guess the mystery food.

Grades 6–7
Writing
The Fight for Civil Rights in the Bathroom

by Satis, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

A student argues for the importance of transgender rights in response to current events.

Grade 8
Writing
Ode to My Grandfather

Amara, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

An ode celebrating an important figure in this student’s life.

Grade 8
Writing
Protest for the People of Color / Protesta para la Gente de Color

by Roger, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

An essay in English and Spanish that traces connections between two movements in modern American history for the rights of people of color.

Grade 6
Writing
Then the Saltiness Kicked In: Musings on MFK’s Five-Course Meal

by Isabella, 826CHI

Informational
Narrative

A student describes a scrumptious five-course meal—everything except the vegetables, that is!

Grades 1–6
Writing
A Rapper Legend

by Natalie, 826 Valencia

Informational

A recipe for how to create a legendary rapper.

Grade 5
Writing
How to Survive Fifth Grade

by Chelsea, 826NYC

Informational

An academically-inclined student passes on their favorite tips for having fun before fifth grade starts.

Grade 6
Writing
If History Comes Back to Bite Us

by Gael, 826CHI

Poetry

A short but powerful poem about the circular nature of history.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Magical Jealousy
by Cartoon Network

by Alyssa, Kevin, Gustavo, Jocelyn, and Gabriel, 826LA

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In science class, Victoria the Manticore makes fun of Carla the Witch for using magic, and a few bystanders step in to take a stand against bullying.

Grade 5
Writing
Marvin and the Dream Monster

by Marvin, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A troubled young man ends up in another boy’s dreams.

Grades 3–5
Writing
Three Poems Put Into One

by Yarely, 826michigan

Memoir
Poetry

A poem about grandma. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cloud vs. Wind

by Daphne, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A girl named Chloe embarks on a heroic mission after discovering a new super-identity: Fluffy Justice!

Grade 5
Writing
The Worst Day Ever!

by Ana, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A student learns an important lesson about staying calm while recounting a trip to Olive Garden that spiraled out of control!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Pickup Lines Cheesier Than Cheddar

by Uma, 826NYC

Poetry

A witty set of foolproof pickup lines.

Grade 7
Writing
Why Do Borders Exist?

by V.G., 826LA

Poetry

A poem that muses on the purpose of borders in question and answer format.

Grade 7
Writing
Heart and Soul

by Ibrahim, Grade 7, 826 MSP

Narrative

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, 7th grader Ibrahim thanks Nurses for the heart and soul they put into caring for their patients and fighting disease.

Grade 6
Writing
Just Crack Once in Awhile: Musings on School Lunch

by Guinevre, 826CHI

Persuasive

A persuasive letter with a few ideas on how to improve cafeteria lunches at school.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Acorn Avenger

by Jalen, 826NYC

Poetry
STEM

A series of superhero haiku inspired by engineering secret lairs.

Grade 5
Writing
What It Would Be Like In the Future! 2040

by Maia Sears, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

This student describes exciting things the future will bring, like elevators that can reach space!

Grade 7
Writing
How to Survive the Seventh Grade

by Alonso, 826 Boston

Informational

An insightful set of instructions for surviving a day as a 7th grader in the Boston Teachers Union School.

Grade 8
Writing
Women United: Stand Together Against Being Critiqued

by Elizabeth W., 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

A persuasive piece for women and girls to unite and cultivate a culture of body image positivity.

Grades 8–12
Writing
It Might Not Always Disappear

by Sian Laing

Narrative

When Instagram becomes an unsightly battlefield.

Grade 5
Writing
I Wish / Deseo

by Javier, 826DC

Poetry

A student wishes for unexpected pops of color.

Grade 8
Writing
The Terrific Tale of Transferring

by Angel, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A student writes about the transformative experience of changing schools.

Grade 8
Writing
Co-ed Teams, Yes or No?

by Ella, 826 Valencia

Persuasive

A persuasive argument for co-ed teams in the face of gender stereotypes, supported by results from primary research conducted by the author.

Grades 1–6
Writing
How to Prank Your Mother

by Lina, 826 Valencia

Informational

A mischievous recipe calling for 3 tablespoons of candy, 10 gallons of not laughing, and 100 gallons of mother.

Grade 5
Writing
The Story of Ivan Lane

by Kayamaghi, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A lab experiment goes wrong and a humble scientist must save Superhero Land from a super speedy villain!

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Obsidian Door

by Zaid Rodriguez, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi

This story immerses the reader in sensory details to tell the tale of what lies behind a mysterious door.

Grade 8
Writing
My Latino Self

by Arianny, 826 Boston

Poetry

A poem that celebrates being Latino

Grades 7–8
Writing
My Volleyball Blues

by Lesly, 826 Valencia

Poetry

A sports poem about the losing blues.

Grade 6
Writing
Realm of Virtues

by Ari, 826CHI

Narrative

In the Realm of Virtues, a search for attention and significance teaches these characters an important lesson about what it means to be human!

Grades 5–6
Writing
‘Salam, I Come in Peace’: Muslims Stand UP Against Islamophobia

by Marisa, 826NYC

Informational

A student reports on Islamophobia, using research and interviews to explore this mindset and its damaging repercussions.

Grade 8
Writing
Finding Out I Have a Brother

by Natalie, 826CHI

Narrative

Weaving together Spanish and English, a student shares the discovery of a family secret.

Grade 6
Writing
And Soon: Musings on Food Memories

by Armaan, 826CHI

Informational
Memoir
Narrative

This author recounts the beginning of a family tradition: the best homemade sandwich ever!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Scarlet’s Adventures

by Penelope, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this superhero story, Super Duper Scarlet must save San Fran Superland from Doctor Nefario!

Grade 8
Writing
I Remember

by Vivian, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A narrative about loving to run—and learning to never quit!

Grade 6
Writing
Save the Penguins, Save Ourselves

by Jacore, 826 Valencia

Informational

An intriguing and educational essay discussing environmental consciousness and the devastating effects of global warming.

Grades 7–8
Writing
My Persuasive Letter

by Renée, 826NYC

Persuasive

A persuasive letter detailing to the recipient the pointlessness of writing a persuasive letter. A helpful example for reluctant writers.

Grades 6–7
Writing
Meanwhile at Jump City School…

by Christian, 826michigan

Media
Narrative

In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that sometimes the easiest way to make someone feel included is by lending a hand.

Grade 5
Writing
Feeling Trapped, Now Gone

by Claire, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem about “unfinding” what was known and learning to explore.

Grade 8
Writing
Where I’m From

by Cayden, 826DC

Narrative

This poem lists all of the pieces that make up the writer's whole.

Grade 5
Writing
Saving Space

by Kelis, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

On the planet Mars, Zoe must defeat the supervillain Zygorn to avenge her family! Wait—was it all a dream?

Grade 8
Writing
Friends Should Be Forever

by Sharon, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A memoir about finding true friendship.

Grades 6–7
Writing
Ode to Sonia Melara

by Jose Martin Gomez, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem celebrates a special person in the writer's 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 7–12
Writing
My Family Interview

by Johnny Vasquez, 826 MSP

Narrative

A family interview reveals a mother's painful past and shines a light on her persistence.

Grade 7
Writing
The Place in My Mind

by Renee, 826NYC

Poetry

A poem about a place where ideas can grow.

Grades 4–5
Writing
WrestleMania 21-1

by Brayan Luna, 826michigan

Poetry

In this poem, a student vividly recounts watching The Undertaker perform a signature chokeslam on WrestleMania. Written in Spanish and English.

Grades 6–7
Writing
A Willow Tree

by Renee, 826NYC

Poetry

A poem that explores all that a tree can stand for.

Grades 7–9
Writing
Fruit Woman Saves the Day

by Pia, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

A student reimagines food justice: Fruit Woman must convince Junk Food Man and Cheesecake Boy to eat their fruits and vegetables.

Grades 7–8
Writing
Manifesto

by Djeneba, 826michigan

Poetry

A student’s manifesto!

Grades 7–8
Writing
jalapeño + love

by Calvin, 826michigan

Narrative

A student professes love—to a jalapeño!

Grades 8–10
Writing
Reuben & Giselle

by Reuben & Giselle, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

Two students write to each other about where they came from, what they love, and a few mishaps along the way in an exchange of letters.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Future is a Reflection of Yourself

by Angel Flores Vazquez, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi

This poem illustrates the effectiveness of descriptive language.

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.

Grade 7
Writing
Doomungous

by Mateo, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Narrative

An informative entry on the meaning and usage of a student-inspired word: doomungous.

Grade 6
Writing
A Beam of Light Through the Corona Darkness

by Khari Garris, New York, NY

Poetry

A student remembers what life was like before the COVID-19 pandemic, and imagines a brighter day when schools reopen.

Grade 5
Writing
The Sky

Elsie, 826 New Orleans

Poetry

In this poem, a student celebrates individuality.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Cat Tweets

by Marisa, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Media
Narrative

A series of tweets about an adventurous cat named Marcus. #SuperCat #Meow

Grades 4–5
Writing
Annabeth and the Death-Eating Ghost

by L.M., 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

The story of a lonely ghost named Annabeth, a plan to kidnap children on Halloween, and an unlikely encounter that reveals the true nature of friendship.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Sushi Plates and Crisp, Clean Paper

by Maria, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Thing that Changes My Life

by Liliana, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

This student’s heartbreaking personal narrative describes what it can feel like to have your parents get divorced.

Grade 6
Writing
Haikus

by Charlotte, 826CHI

Poetry

A collection of haikus spanning sushi to surviving the sixth grade.

Grade 7
Writing
Untitled

by Sam, 826CHI

Poetry
STEM

In this poem, a student pits mathematics against the unknown.

Grades 8–12
Writing
A Challenge

by Shayne Williams

Narrative

Discover what one student experiences when they tuck their phone away for a whole day.

Grade 5
Writing
Me, Myself, and I

by Salma, Grade 5, 826 Boston

Poetry

A student reminds herself of the many ways she shines

Grade 8
Writing
When People Come to See Me

by Arielle B., Grade 8

Poetry

This poem invites readers to remember that people are often going through more than choose to show.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Letter to Kiwi

by Naomi, 826michigan

Narrative

A (mostly) love letter to a kiwi with delicious imagery.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Laughter Means You’re Alive

by 826NYC students

Poetry

This collaborative poem explores the many sides and senses of laughter.

Grade 6
Writing
SO SPRINGY!

by Charlotte, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem about spring!

Grades 8–10
Writing
David & Daniel

by David & Daniel, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

In this heartfelt exchange of letters, two students bond over food, videos games, and some scary adventures.

Grades 8–9
Writing
The Saga Continues

by Calvin, 826michigan

Narrative

A laugh-out-loud personal narrative about a crush. Has your heart ever beat so fast it might get a speeding ticket and a $500 fine?

Grades 4–5
Writing
Stuffed Crust

by Victor, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.

Grades 7–8
Writing
Irritating Noise

by Curtis, 826michigan

Poetry

A rhyming (inverse) ode to a very irritating noise.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Our School

Ms. Lowe’s Fourth Grade Class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit, Michigan

Poetry

An example of a "Neighborhood Poem" created as a class as part of 826Michigan's Rare Air/Aire Raro Young Authors' Book Project.

Grade 7
Writing
The Beginning

by Madison, 826CHI

Informational
Narrative
Persuasive

In this compelling essay, a student rejects apathy and explores what really matters in conversations about solving gun violence towards black and brown men.

Grades 4–5
Writing
If We Were In Charge

by Stefany Moreira, Vivi Small, Ana Rosas, Eugenia Rosas, and Jason Carrillo, 826NYC

Poetry

This poem describes a warmer, tastier world run by young people.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Ronald’s Redemption

by Levi, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

An origin story for healthy food, involving an epic battle between purveyor of high-fructose corn syrup, Ronald McDonald, and a heroic band of chefs.

Grades 6–7
Writing
Letter to Kiwi

by Amaya, 826michigan

Narrative

A letter devoted to a favorite fruit that’s sweet and sour just like this student’s favorite candy: Sour Patch Kids!

Grades 5–6
Writing
Seeing Snow

by Ramatoulie, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A student shares memories of transitioning from Gambia to a new home in the United States, complete with a snowy encounter.

Grade 8
Writing
Alex Nieto: The Unsung Hero of the Everett Community

by Jason, 826 Valencia

Informational

A student reports on the death of a college student from Bernal Heights, San Francisco, who neighbors believe was killed due to racial profiling.

Grade 6
Writing
Dancing Paper

by Gael, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem about becoming a dancer.

Grades 8–10
Writing
Bryanna & Kayla

by Byanna & Kayla, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

Two students across one city bond by writing letters to each other about the people they love most.

Grade 8
Writing
We Are All Family

by Rafael, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A student remembers an afternoon adventure around town and explores what Chicago and community mean to him.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Marshmallows

by Athena, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Poetry

In this poem, a student explores both the seen and unseen powers of a superhero.

Grade 8
Writing
Changing the Lunch Menu for the Better!

by Kaitlyn, 826NYC

Informational
Persuasive

A middle school student firmly protests the flavor and quality of her school’s lunches.

Grades 8–10
Writing
Christopher & Bryan & Jahir

by Christopher, Bryan, & Jahir, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

In an exchange of letters, three students across one city share stories about where they came from and the places that matter most.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Story of the University of Pedro and Noel

by Noel, 826 Valencia

Narrative
Persuasive

The creation story of a new school, reimagined to improve learning. (Paid for by Taylor Swift with free water bottles, an Italian restaurant, a movie theater, and a comfortable and safe environment.)

Grades 4–5
Writing
You’re the Chosen One

by Selene Freudenberg, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

This hero’s journey leads an unlikely suspect into a land of books with a plot-disrupting villain who must be destroyed in order to save a multitude of characters, including Harry Potter!

Grade 8
Writing
Christmas

by Jeff, 826CHI

Narrative

In this piece, a student describes Christmas as a holiday best spent together.

Grade 8
Writing
Completing the Pokédex

by Andy, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

In this memoir, a few friends bond over a rare Pokémon Go catch.

Grade 8
Writing
All I Want

by Jabari, Grade 8, 826 Valencia

Poetry

A poem about wanting more from life.

Grade 6
Writing
Dear Mom

by Najah, Grade 6, 826 MSP

Narrative

A student appreciates and reflects on her mother's kindness over the years.

Grade 8
Writing
20 Years From Now

by Salome Maldonando, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem about unrequited love.

Grade 6
Writing
Mermaids, the Job for Dreamers

by Mady, 826 Valencia

Informational

A student examines the mermaid industry today through a historical lens that begins in the late-nineteenth century, turning fantasy into a profession.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Beans, Rice, and Chicken

by Victor, 826 Valencia

Poetry

An ode to Beans, Rice, and Chicken.

Grades 6–7
Writing
Blank Sky

by Uma Cantone, 826NYC

Narrative

Ever wonder what would happen if the sky fell? This student uses metaphor to explore new beginnings.

Grades 7–8
Writing
School Blues

by Jamie, 826 Valencia

Poetry

A metaphorical poem about frustrations, from homework to homelessness.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Globes

by Meredith, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem about globe-sized dreams.

Grades 6–8
Writing
Listen

by Khloe Fewster, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem uses repetition to give advice for when you're feeling unsure of yourself.

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Lonely Homeless Child
by Cartoon Network

by Kayla, 826LA

Narrative

This author reflects on an act of kindness to someone in need.

Grades 4–5
Writing
The Story of the Wrecked Arm

by Violeta, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A monster's routine trip for tuna sandwich ingredients results in a broken arm!

Grades 3–5
Writing
The Girl With the Sweater

by Jekaya, 826 Boston

Narrative

A student reflects on what it takes to stand up to bullies and speak up for others.

Grade 8
Writing
Chicago is My Voice

by Kiara, 826CHI

Narrative

In this personal narrative, a student explores growing up young and black in Chicago.

Grades 6–7
Writing
The Farm

by John, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

A creative commentary on food justice in which Digestive Man defends local farms from Corn Boy and the Factory Farmers!

Grades 6–7
Writing
Golden Girl and Lolo

by Leslie, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

In this imaginative narrative about food justice, Golden Girl and LoLo go up against the evil Chemical Bug so kids everywhere can eat healthy fruits and vegetables.

Grade 8
Writing
My Home, My Life

by Iliana, 826CHI

Narrative

A student searches for answers in their community.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Chesley’s Life

by Marie, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

A monkey named Chesley saves the animals of the forest from an evil Master!

Grades 6–7
Writing
Yellow Like Bananas

by Wayne Gillyard, 826 Valencia

Poetry

This poem shares the writer's love of all things yellow.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Tree Poem

by Simone, 826michigan

Poetry
STEM

A poem about appreciating trees and why we should study them.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Spyman

by Jesús, 826 Valencia

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this superhero story, Spyman is on an important mission—saving donuts from becoming bagels!

Grades 8–9
Writing
Kneel Down for What You Believe In

by Caroline, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

A student explores U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe’s decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Grades 5–6
Writing
A New Life

by Joseline, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a teensie, tiny bit of jealousy for a new baby sister turning into love.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Memories Through the Ages

by Keila, 826michigan

Memoir
Poetry

An "I A From" poem. English and Spanish versions included.

Grades 8–10
Writing
Henry & Matthew & Santiago

by Henry, Matthew, & Santiago, 826CHI

Memoir
Narrative

A compilation of letters written by three students across one city filled with thoughts on books, sports, music, family, and musings on Valentine’s Day.

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.

Grade 8
Writing
The Sugar Trap: We Just Can’t Get Enough

by Jack, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive
STEM

An argument against the overconsumption of sugar outlines the ways its effects are anything but sweet.

Grade 6
Writing
Untitled

by Kevin, 826NYC

Informational

A wizened middle schooler offers the benefits of sixth grade to younger readers, sprinkling in a few tips to survive and thrive in their year ahead.

Grade 6
Writing
Before I Knew How to Shine

by Brigid, 826CHI

Narrative
Poetry

A poem about facing fear—and learning how to shine.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Origins of Fries

by Kathryn, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
Poetry
STEM

A very scientific origin poem about french fries, starting with an argument between the sun and the moon.

Grades 3–5
Writing
I am Innocent: A Dragonbolt Story
by Cartoon Network

by Johny, 826 LA

Fantasy/SciFi
Media
Narrative

A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.

Grades 5–6
Writing
The Programmer

by Milo, 826NYC

Narrative
STEM

A creative origin story in which a programmer simultaneously creates life and biology in a program.

Grade 8
Writing
Chaos in Antarctica! Millions of Penguins Dead!

by Luke, 826 Valencia

Informational
Persuasive

An essay shared in English and Spanish discusses the effects of global warming on penguins and their source of nutrients, krill.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Worried

by Kevin J. Ortiz, 826DC

Memoir
Narrative

A personal narrative about a trip to Ocean City, a lonely puppy, and sharing our fears with others.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Owl Girl

by Athena, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Poetry
STEM

An "I Am From" superhero persona poem.

Grade 7
Writing
Heart-Beat

by Sahir M., Grade 7

Poetry

This poem uses metaphors to describe who the speaker really is.

Grade 5
Writing
I Wish / Deseo

by Jeffrey, 826DC

Poetry

In this "I Wish" poem, written in both Spanish and English, a student dreams of a more colorful world.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Corn and Sun

by Olivia, 826NYC

Narrative
Poetry

An elegy for corn.

Grade 8
Writing
Voices

by Isabel, 826 Boston

Poetry

From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem features a student battling with the voices constricting her freedom.

Grades 4–5
Writing
Agent Smitty: The Athletic Astronaut

by Benny, 826 Boston

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Narrative

Inspired by Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this piece contains a series of journal entries and rules for a new sport by fictitious NASA operative Agent Smitty.

Grade 8
Writing
What walking the red road means to me is

by Mariah Valenzuela, Minneapolis, MN

Poetry

From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poet uses her voice to speak up for those who have been silenced in the indigenous community.

Grade 5
Writing
Superheroes Rule

by Salimatou, 826NYC

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

Together, a princess with superpowers and an orphan-turned-sidekick must save the king and queen of kingdom Atarica!

Grades 4–5
Writing
My Full Yard

by Marisol, 826michigan

Poetry

A young girl's poem about all the life she sees in her yard. English and Spanish versions included.

Grade 7
Writing
The Summer of 2097

by Asa, 826CHI

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

This narrator embarks on a mysterious vacation in the sky!

Grade 8
Writing
I See

by Itzel Medina Luna, 826 Valencia

Poetry

In this poem from the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, a student walks through her neighborhood searching for hidden stories.

Grade 8
Writing
Where I’m From

by David, 826CHI

Narrative

A student writes about the smell, taste, and pace of their neighborhood.