Sparks

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

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  2. Informational
  3. Narrative
  4. Persuasive
  5. Poetry
  6. STEM
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  8. Social-Emotional Learning
  9. Visual
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  11. and Media Arts
Showing 36 SparkSparks
Grades 9–12
Narrative

Four Corners

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Spark Summary

This activity prompts students to use words related to community and identity to reframe ancestral stories of resistance, growth, and survival.

Grades 6–12
Informational, Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Letters, Undelivered

by Maria Villareal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

This activity prompts students to write words unspoken in letters that are undelivered.

Grades 7–12
Narrative

Your Front Door

by Maria Villareal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

An effective writing prompt about a significant threshold.

Grades 3–9
Narrative, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

The Dialogue Shuffle

by Klariza Alvaran, 826CHI

Spark Summary

This spark activity is designed to get your students on their feet while reinforcing the need for strong dialogue in narratives.

Grades 6–9
Narrative, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

Magic 8 Ball: Character Desires

by Debra Mitchell, 826CHI

Spark Summary

Students pose questions to the magic 8 ball in this activity centered on character motivation.

Grades 1–5
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Friends Help Friends, Always

by Sarah Kokernot, 826CHI

Spark Summary

Students use illustrations as entry points to write stories about friendship and empathy.

Grades 1–3
Social-Emotional Learning

Kindness Counts

by Nicolien Buholzer, 826LA

Spark Summary

Why does kindness count? Students consider acts of kindness that they’ve experienced and reflect on the difference that kindness makes in the world.

Grades 7–12
Poetry

Write with Pride

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

Students consider the influence that labels hold and write poetry to become empowered to describe themselves however they want.

Grades 6–12
Poetry

Emulation Poetry

by Jillian Wasick, 826 Valencia

Spark Summary

To jumpstart their own poems, students take inspiration from the poetry of the others.

Grades 6–8
Informational, Narrative

Black Box Archaeology

by Louise McClune, 826 Valencia

Spark Summary

In this activity, students work as budding archeologists and creatively reimagine ways for archaeologists and historians to use artifacts to tell stories.

Grades 6–8
Informational, Narrative

Artifact Detective Balderdash

by Louise McCune, 826 Valencia

Spark Summary

Students play a spin-off version of Balderdash in this activity, working as budding archeologists who must use the power of observation to solve a few artifact mysteries.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Poetry

No Lab Coats Required: The Writing Laboratory

by Katie Manning and Brandon Brown, 826LA

Spark Summary

Students enter a Writing Laboratory, no lab coats required, and use methods of observation to embark on their writing process.

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