Sparks are innovative, adaptable mini-lessons and activities. They help hone a specific skill or inspire big ideas.
by author Lisa Ko
This writing prompt from author Lisa Ko invites students to explore the impact of social movements by envisioning and writing from an ideal future.
by Spike Jonze, award-winning screenwriter and producer
A pair of prompts that invites students to consider how time, location, and dialogue can be used to construct a scene and build meaning.
by poet Aracelis Girmay in collaboration with Aarti Monteiro & Nico Garbaccio, 826NYC
What lives inside a word? Find out how to trace connections between two dissimilar words with playful Spark from award-winning poet Aracelis Girmay.
by 826 National
Students consider perspectives of activists speaking up against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd and use imagery to capture protest scenes in writing.
by author Tiphanie Yanique
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.
by Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the US
Students recall “last times” in their lives and revisit the depth of their experience through writing.
by Princess McDowell, the 826 Dallas Project
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.
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.
Engage young writers of any age at home with this collection of 826 Digital writing prompts and activities.
by 826 National
With a little folding and loads of creativity, students make their own zines that feature abstract recipes.
by Aarti Monteiro, 826NYC
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.
by Anna Griffin, 826 National
Students plot significant memories on a timeline in this reflective writing activity.