Sparks

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

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Grades 7–12
Narrative

Ghost Stories with Karen Russell

by Karen Russell, novelist and short story writer

Spark Summary

A hauntingly good pair of prompts! Students will reconsider the purpose of ghosts by either describing a haunted setting or writing from the perspective of a misunderstood ghost.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Memories of Home with Rebecca Stead

by Rebecca Stead

Spark Summary

Using a place with personal meaning, students will learn a strategy for getting over the hurdle of beginning the writing process.

Grades 9–12
Social-Emotional Learning

Identity Statements

by Rebeca Darugar, 826NYC

Spark Summary

Students create an identity chart and write about parts of their identity most salient to them.

Grades 6–9
Poetry

Neighborhood Poem

by Aarti Monteiro, 826NYC

Spark Summary

Students identify the power of imagery in poetry, then practice putting this power to use in a poem about their neighborhood.

Grades 1–3
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

What do Feelings Sound Like?

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this social-emotional learning writing prompt, students reflect on the sound of feelings and use onomatopoeias in their poetry.

Grades 1–3
Social-Emotional Learning

Overcome the Overwhelm

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this social-emotional learning writing prompt, students write about strategies for recognizing and overcoming the feeling of overwhelm.

Grades 1–3
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Make Me Laugh

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this social-emotional learning writing prompt, students write a poem describing the silliest creature they can imagine.

Grades 1–3
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

What’s Your Happy?

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this social-emotional learning writing prompt, students create a poem that shares the "happys" in their life.

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.

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