Sparks

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

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  8. Visual, Performing, and Media Arts
Showing 62 SparkSparks
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 9–12
Poetry

The Beast with Ada Limon

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

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.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

Say Something

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

Students reflect on what it feels like to stand up to bullying and write about a time when they used their voice to make a difference.

Grades 1–5
Social-Emotional Learning

Me, Myself, and I

by 826 National and Cartoon Network

Spark Summary

After writing about their personal and social identities, students discover that sometimes what makes us unique is what brings us together.

Grades 7–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

Making Conversation with P. Carl

by author and activist P. Carl

Spark Summary

Author and activist P. Carl asks students to write dialogue that captures two distinct and opposing voices, crafting a scene of action and discord.

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