Sparks

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

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Showing 65 SparkSparks
Grades 7–12
Narrative

Perspectives with Daniel Ehrenhaft

by David Ehrenhaft

Spark Summary

Daniel Ehrenhaft asks students to consider perspective in a piece of their writing with this reflective spark.

Grades 5–9
Narrative

A Day in the Life of Flood City

by Daniel José Older, author of Flood City, in collaboration with New Leaf Literary & Media

Spark Summary

This Spark introduces students to the fantastical world of Flood City and prompts them to write a journal entry from the perspective of a Flood City resident.

Grades 7–12
Informational, Social-Emotional Learning

What Makes a Person? with Leslie Margolis

by Leslie Margolis

Spark Summary

Leslie Margolis invites students to consider their own personhood and what determines or defines it with two short prompts.

Grades 1–5
Poetry

If Poems

by 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

Students will imagine what they would do if they were someone or something else.

Grades 7–12
Poetry

The Beast with Ada Limón

by Ada Limón

Spark Summary

This poetry prompt from Ada Limón invites students to consider their personal connection to an animal.

Grades 7–12
Poetry

Elevate Your Voice with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Spark Summary

This poetry prompt from Rachel Eliza Griffiths asks students to consider the ordinary in their lives—then write a poem that celebrates those ordinary objects and figures.

Grades 6–12
Poetry

“The Hill We Climb”

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Students discuss the 2021 inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman and write their own poems in response to "The Hill We Climb."

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Playing with Timelines with Phil Stamper

by Phil Stamper, author

Spark Summary

With this pair of prompts, students look to the past and future for writing inspiration.

Grades 7–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Personal Narratives with Mariama Lockington

by Mariama Lockington, novelist and poet

Spark Summary

Students revisit powerful memories to generate personal stories filled with heart.

Grades 7–12
Informational

Something True with Kelly Jensen

by Kelly Jensen, writer and editor

Spark Summary

Make space for creativity in nonfiction! Students will play with traditional nonfiction formats with these two writing prompts from Kelly Jensen, writer and editor.

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.

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