Sparks

Sparks are innovative, adaptable mini-lessons and activities. They help hone a specific skill or inspire big ideas.

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Showing 44 SparkSparks
Grades 7–12
Narrative

Taboo Emotions

by Tiphanie Yanique

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will explore two taboo emotions, desire and fear, by mapping where these feelings dwell in their bodies and using tactile language to describe their impact.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Last Times

By Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the US

Spark Summary

Students recall “last times” in their lives and revisit the depth of their experience through writing.

Grades 9–12
Narrative

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

by Princess McDowell, the 826 Dallas Project

Spark Summary

Whether students write to process, to remember, to imagine, or to heal, this collection of prompts asks students to recognize how their world has changed in response to COVID-19.

Grades 6–12
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive, Poetry

Write Here, Write Now

by 826 National

Spark Summary

These 10 prompts ask students to browse the 826 Digital Student Writing Gallery for writing inspiration and extend their imagination beyond the walls of their home.

Grades 1–12
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive, Poetry

A Good Time to Write: Remote Learning Kit

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Engage young writers of any age at home with this collection of 826 Digital writing prompts and activities.

Grades 3–8
Informational, Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Recipe Zines

by 826 National

Spark Summary

With a little folding and loads of creativity, students make their own zines that feature abstract recipes.

Grades 4–8
Narrative

Setting the Tone

by Aarti Monteiro, 826NYC

Spark Summary

This activity explores the way emotions change how we perceive settings. Students work in groups to create descriptions of apartments based on an emotion they draw from a hat.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Poetry

Memory Line

by Anna Griffin, 826 National

Spark Summary

Students plot significant memories on a timeline in this reflective writing activity.

Grades 9–12
Narrative

Four Corners

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Spark Summary

This activity prompts students to use words related to community and identity to reframe ancestral stories of resistance, growth, and survival.

Grades 6–12
Informational, Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Letters, Undelivered

by Maria Villareal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

This activity prompts students to write words unspoken in letters that are undelivered.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Your Front Door

by Maria Villareal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

An effective writing prompt about a significant threshold.

Grades 3–9
Narrative, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

The Dialogue Shuffle

by Klariza Alvaran, 826CHI

Spark Summary

This spark activity is designed to get your students on their feet while reinforcing the need for strong dialogue in narratives.

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