Sparks

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

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Showing 32 SparkSparks
Grades 6–12
Poetry

Meaning from Shape

by Cristeta Boarini, 826 MSP

Spark Summary

Sometimes the shape of the poem can convey as much meaning as the words themselves.

Grades 3–5
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

If I Were a Pizza

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

We are all parts of a whole, just like a pizza! In this Spark, students will think about all the things that make them who they are and then write a poem in the shape of a pizza.

Grades 3–5
Poetry

Diary of a Tasty Food

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will pretend to be their favorite food and write about what that food would do on an average day.

Grades 7–12
Poetry

How to Write an Anti-Ode

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

Usually, an ode is written in celebration, but this Spark asks students to write an anti-ode—a poem about something they can’t stand!

Grades 3–5
Poetry

Mystery Food Poems

by 826 National, inspired by student authors of 826 New Orleans

Spark Summary

In this Spark, students will write a poem that engages the reader in answering the question: Can you guess this food?

Grades 1–5
Narrative, Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Sensory Heart Mapping

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Students will identify their favorite sensory memories and transfer them to a visual heart map.

Grades 3–12
Poetry

Book Scavenger Hunt Poetry with Amanda Gorman

by Amanda Gorman

Spark Summary

Amanda Gorman, Inaugural U.S. Youth Poet Laureate, shares her favorite way to inspire a new poem or get past writer’s block.

Grades 2–5
Poetry

An Ode to Pieces

by Lauren Rudewicz and David Hutcheson, 826michigan

Spark Summary

Students will define the word “ode” for themselves and identify the people and moments in their lives they’d like to celebrate in a poem.

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
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.

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