Sparks

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

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Showing 48 SparkSparks
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.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Last Times

by Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the US

Spark Summary

Students recall “last times” in their lives and revisit the depth of their experience through writing.

Grades 9–12
Narrative

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

by Princess McDowell, the 826 Dallas Project

Spark Summary

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.

Grades 6–12
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive, Poetry

Write Here, Write Now

by 826 National

Spark Summary

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.

Grades 1–12
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive, Poetry

A Good Time to Write: Remote Learning Kit

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Engage young writers of any age at home with this collection of 826 Digital writing prompts and activities.

Grades 3–8
Informational, Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Recipe Zines

by 826 National

Spark Summary

With a little folding and loads of creativity, students make their own zines that feature abstract recipes.

Grades 4–8
Narrative

Setting the Tone

by Aarti Monteiro, 826NYC

Spark Summary

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.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Poetry

Memory Line

by Anna Griffin, 826 National

Spark Summary

Students plot significant memories on a timeline in this reflective writing activity.

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