Isabella Guerrero is her name. She is 14 and something she hopes her readers will get out of reading this is that poetry helps tell the world your stories. If she could travel anywhere she would go to Spain to see the group of kids her age do poetry over there. She strongly believes that poetry can change one’s view of life.
Voices telling me what to wear
Voices telling me what to be
Making my decisions for me
Feeling like I have to put a bag over
my head to fit into the community
Voices cause drama
Why are they inside me
Drama causes pain
Had too much pain in
my life already
How can i destroy them
Or when can they leave
I don’t feel free
As a matter a fact
I never was free
And I never will feel free
because they are still inside me
by Ola Faleti, 826CHI, with an introduction by Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the U.S.
The pen is mightier than the sword. In this lesson, students learn there's no better evidence of this than the…
by Shayne Williams
Discover what one student experiences when they tuck their phone away for a whole day.
by 826NYC students
This collaborative poem explores the many sides and senses of laughter.
by Ella, 826 Valencia
A persuasive argument for co-ed teams in the face of gender stereotypes, supported by results from primary research conducted by the author.
by Luis, 826LA
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.
by Mya, 826CHI
A piece packed with vivid description about taking risks at an ice rink.
by Vivian, 826CHI
A narrative about loving to run—and learning to never quit!
by Cora B., Grade 8
This narrative uses nature imagery, to help the reader walk through a day in the speaker's shoes
by Mariah Valenzuela, Minneapolis, MN
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.
by Piya, 826 Valencia
A demand to the public stop to buying ivory that seeks to explain the devastating effects of poaching on elephant and rhino populations.
by Calvin, 826michigan
A student professes love—to a jalapeño!
by Anjum, 826CHI
A shout-out poem to some things missed (Hyderabad) and celebrated (Mom).
by Itzel Medina Luna, 826 Valencia
In this poem from the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, a student walks through her neighborhood searching for hidden stories.
by Luke, 826 Valencia
An essay shared in English and Spanish discusses the effects of global warming on penguins and their source of nutrients, krill.
by David, 826CHI
A student writes about the smell, taste, and pace of their neighborhood.
by Elizabeth W., 826 Valencia
A persuasive piece for women and girls to unite and cultivate a culture of body image positivity.
by Kiara, 826CHI
In this personal narrative, a student explores growing up young and black in Chicago.
by Jin, 826LA
This student says thank you to her Mom, her hero, for a life full love and beef noodles!
by Eva, 826 Valencia
A student celebrates the journey of discovering whom to love.
by Henry, Matthew, & Santiago, 826CHI
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.
by Arianny, 826 Boston
A poem that celebrates being Latino
by Arielle B., Grade 8
This poem invites readers to remember that people are often going through more than choose to show.
by Victor, 826CHI
An epic memoir about an epic volleyball match! Who will win: the teachers or the students?
by Renée, 826NYC
A persuasive letter detailing to the recipient the pointlessness of writing a persuasive letter. A helpful example for reluctant writers.
Amara, 826 New Orleans
An ode celebrating an important figure in this student’s life.
by Lesly, 826 Valencia
A sports poem about the losing blues.
by Laila, 826CHI
A memoir about losing a parent—and a community’s support.
by Pia, 826NYC
A student reimagines food justice: Fruit Woman must convince Junk Food Man and Cheesecake Boy to eat their fruits and vegetables.
by Jeff, 826CHI
In this piece, a student describes Christmas as a holiday best spent together.
by Caroline, 826 Valencia
A student explores U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe’s decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.
by Gabriela T., 826 Valencia
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.
by Curtis, 826michigan
A rhyming (inverse) ode to a very irritating noise.
by Sebastian Cendejas, 826CHI
A student reflects on how much Chicago means to them.
by Kaitlyn, 826NYC
A middle school student firmly protests the flavor and quality of her school’s lunches.
by Johnny Vasquez, 826 MSP
A family interview reveals a mother's painful past and shines a light on her persistence.
by Jason, 826 Valencia
A student reports on the death of a college student from Bernal Heights, San Francisco, who neighbors believe was killed due to racial profiling.
by Sian Laing
When Instagram becomes an unsightly battlefield.
by Diego, 826CHI
On the funniest day of this student’s life…
by Salome Maldonando, 826CHI
A poem about unrequited love.
by Jabari, Grade 8, 826 Valencia
A poem about wanting more from life.
by Duanté, 826 Valencia
A personal narrative about race and identity.
by Calvin, 826michigan
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?
by Reuben & Giselle, 826CHI
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.
by Evelyn Escamilla, 826 Valencia
This poem uses metaphors and similes to describe happiness.
by Xaria, 826 Valencia
An argument against the wage gap that prevails in the U.S. and across the globe.
by Emmanuel J., 826NYC
An avid basketball fan discusses the rise of the Golden State Warriors through its individual players.
by Djeneba, 826michigan
A student’s manifesto!
by Jiaxi, 826CHI
A student’s worldview is forever altered after a lesson on the Segregation Era and Jim Crow.
by Khloe Fewster, 826 Valencia
This poem uses repetition to give advice for when you're feeling unsure of yourself.
by Dayana Alvarado, 826CHI
A student shares finding home in two places: Mexico and Chicago.
by Jason, 826michigan
Making bottle flipping look like child's play, this piece outlines rules for the new, competitive Fantasy Sport "Pencils".
by Jamie, 826 Valencia
A metaphorical poem about frustrations, from homework to homelessness.
by Sharon, 826CHI
A memoir about finding true friendship.
by Elsy, 826LA
Song lyrics about memories of cake and pizza, friendship, and giving 1,000 opinions.
by Cayden, 826DC
This poem lists all of the pieces that make up the writer's whole.
by Natalie, 826CHI
Weaving together Spanish and English, a student shares the discovery of a family secret.
by Luis, 826LA
This student writes a letter to a hero with a sweet double kick: Jackie Chan!
by Byanna & Kayla, 826CHI
Two students across one city bond by writing letters to each other about the people they love most.
by Lola, 826 Valencia
A poem that portrays the arc of a love story told through the gift of a cigarette lighter.
by David & Daniel, 826CHI
In this heartfelt exchange of letters, two students bond over food, videos games, and some scary adventures.
by Kevin, 826NYC
An informational briefing on a horrible incident in the year 5176 that changed the hoverboarding industry forever.
by Jack, 826 Valencia
An argument against the overconsumption of sugar outlines the ways its effects are anything but sweet.
by Rafael, 826CHI
A student remembers an afternoon adventure around town and explores what Chicago and community mean to him.
by Chelsea, 826NYC
An acrostic poem about the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Alondra, 826CHI
An epic story of a princess who seeks acceptance among the stars.
by Tylor, 826NYC
A lean but essential checklist for readers to determine if they are awake.
by William, 826LA
A teen discovers the power of books to transport him to another world, and shares his excitement about becoming a published author.
by Andy, 826CHI
In this memoir, a few friends bond over a rare Pokémon Go catch.
by Angel, 826CHI
A student writes about the transformative experience of changing schools.
by Marco, 826LA
A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!
by Roger, 826 Valencia
An essay in English and Spanish that traces connections between two movements in modern American history for the rights of people of color.
by Iliana, 826CHI
A student searches for answers in their community.
by Jazmine & Vanessa, 826CHI
Over a series of letters, two compassionate and resilient students develop a deep friendship sealed in writing.
by Christopher, Bryan, & Jahir, 826CHI
In an exchange of letters, three students across one city share stories about where they came from and the places that matter most.