Sparks

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

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Showing 86 SparkSparks
Grades 7–12
Narrative

Objects and Habits with Isaac Fitzgerald

by Isaac Fitzgerald

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will mine their home and their habits for story and personal essay ideas.

Grades 4–8
Narrative

Interviewing Inanimate Objects with Daniel Handler

by Daniel Handler

Spark Summary

Students will anthropomorphize an inanimate object to produce interview questions and answers.

Grades 6–12
Poetry

Meaning from Shape

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Spark Summary

Sometimes the shape of the poem can convey as much meaning as the words themselves.

Grades 3–5
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

If I Were a Pizza

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

We are all parts of a whole, just like a pizza! In this Spark, students will think about all the things that make them who they are and then write a poem in the shape of a pizza.

Grades 3–5
Poetry

Diary of a Tasty Food

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will pretend to be their favorite food and write about what that food would do on an average day.

Grades 7–12
Poetry

How to Write an Anti-Ode

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

Usually, an ode is written in celebration, but this Spark asks students to write an anti-ode—a poem about something they can’t stand!

Grades 3–5
Poetry

Mystery Food Poems

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will write a poem that engages the reader in answering the question: Can you guess this food?

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Location, Location, Location

by G.D. Falksen

Spark Summary

Students draw inspiration from a real or fictional location and use this sense of place to develop an in-setting document.

Grades 1–5
Narrative, Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Sensory Heart Mapping

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Students will identify their favorite sensory memories and transfer them to a visual heart map.

Grades 6–8
Persuasive

Obsession with Jessica Goodman

by Jessica Goodman

Spark Summary

This Spark uses students’ favorite things to support their persuasive writing practice.

Grades 3–12
Poetry

Book Scavenger Hunt Poetry with Amanda Gorman

by Amanda Gorman

Spark Summary

Amanda Gorman, Inaugural U.S. Youth Poet Laureate, shares her favorite way to inspire a new poem or get past writer’s block.

Grades 5–8
STEM

Loop-y Lyrics

by Julius Panoriñgan, 826LA

Spark Summary

Students will use their knowledge of popular music to learn basic computer programming concepts.

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