Sparks

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

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Showing 55 SparkSparks
Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

Feelings to Action

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

Students write similes to express what their emotions feel like and build plans to treat others nicely.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

On the Inside

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

Students are inspired to write about a time that they felt accepted and appreciated for who they are.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

Say Something

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

Students reflect on what it feels like to stand up to bullying and write about a time when they used their voice to make a difference.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

Me, Myself, and I

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

After writing about their personal and social identities, students discover that sometimes what makes us unique is what brings us together.

Grades 7–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Making Conversation with P. Carl

by author and activist P. Carl

Spark Summary

Author and activist P. Carl asks students to write dialogue that captures two distinct and opposing voices, crafting a scene of action and discord.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

A Place Worth Being

by Jason Reynolds, The New York Times Best-Selling Author & National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Spark Summary

Students will write a personal narrative where they describe themselves as a place. Not a specific place, but all the things a "place" consists of.

Grades 1–3
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Feeling Words & Healing Words: A Poetry Journey

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

With this collection of 826 Digital poetry activities, young writers will explore a range of feelings and strengthen their emotional vocabulary. Activities are available in print and web versions!

Grades 7–12
Informational, Narrative

Social Movements with Lisa Ko

by author Lisa Ko

Spark Summary

This writing prompt from author Lisa Ko invites students to explore the impact of social movements by envisioning and writing from an ideal future.

Grades 7–11
Narrative

Screenwriting with Spike Jonze

by Spike Jonze, award-winning screenwriter and producer

Spark Summary

A pair of prompts that invites students to consider how time, location, and dialogue can be used to construct a scene and build meaning.

Grades 7–12
Narrative, Poetry

Playing With Words

by poet Aracelis Girmay in collaboration with Aarti Monteiro & Nico Garbaccio, 826NYC

Spark Summary

What lives inside a word? Find out how to trace connections between two dissimilar words with playful Spark from award-winning poet Aracelis Girmay.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Protester Portraits

by 826 National

Spark Summary

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.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Taboo Emotions

by author 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.

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