Sparks

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

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Showing 31 SparkSparks
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

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.

Grades 1–6
Narrative, Poetry

Creative Recipes

Jillian Wasick, 826 Valencia

Spark Summary

What are students made of? This activity prompts students to reimagine recipes and write about their life experiences.

Grades 6–8
Narrative, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

The Illustrated Word

by Maria Villarreal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this activity, students illustrate a favorite word and explore what makes words meaningful through illustration, research, and discussion.

Grades 6–8
Narrative

One Good Line Deserves Another

by Maria Villarreal, 826CHI

Spark Summary

In this activity, students launch stories of their own, drawing inspiration from existing text and the world around them.

Grades 5–6
Narrative

Myth-Making

by Pedro Estrada, 826LA

Spark Summary

In this activity, students will examine narrative structure, explore the purpose and practice of myths, and put the two together to create their own original piece.

Grades 6–8
Persuasive, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts

Be a Maker: Hashtag Activism and the Instagram Essay

by Laura Lisabeth, Ph.D., 826NYC

Spark Summary

In this activity, students explore Instagram as a form of public rhetoric and practice using hashtags as a way to engage with larger communities.

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