Sparks are innovative, adaptable mini-lessons and activities. They help hone a specific skill or inspire big ideas.
by 826 National
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.
by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP
This activity prompts students to use words related to community and identity to reframe ancestral stories of resistance, growth, and survival.
by Maria Villareal, 826CHI
This activity prompts students to write words unspoken in letters that are undelivered.
An effective writing prompt about a significant threshold.
by Klariza Alvaran, 826CHI
This spark activity is designed to get your students on their feet while reinforcing the need for strong dialogue in narratives.
by Debra Mitchell, 826CHI
Students pose questions to the magic 8 ball in this activity centered on character motivation.
by Sarah Kokernot, 826CHI
Students use illustrations as entry points to write stories about friendship and empathy.
by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA
Why does kindness count? Students consider acts of kindness that they’ve experienced and reflect on the difference that kindness makes in the world.
by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI
Students consider the influence that labels hold and write poetry to become empowered to describe themselves however they want.