Sparks

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

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Showing 19 SparkSparks
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 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
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 7–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

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 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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