Sparks are innovative, adaptable mini-lessons and activities. They help hone a specific skill or inspire big ideas.
by 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.
by 826 National
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.
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.