Sparks

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

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Showing 12 SparkSparks
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

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.

Grades 6–12
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

A Place Worth Being

by Jason Reynolds, The New York Times Best-Selling Author & National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Spark Summary

Students will write a personal narrative where they describe themselves as a place. Not a specific place, but all the things a "place" consists of.

Grades 1–3
Poetry, Social-Emotional Learning

Feeling Words & Healing Words: A Poetry Journey

by Molly Sprayregen, 826CHI

Spark Summary

With this collection of 826 Digital poetry activities, young writers will explore a range of feelings and strengthen their emotional vocabulary. Activities are available in print and web versions!

Grades 3–8
Informational, Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Recipe Zines

by 826 National

Spark Summary

With a little folding and loads of creativity, students make their own zines that feature abstract recipes.

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 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 from a new perspective.

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 5–6
Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

Monster Scattergories

by Lindsay Stinson, 826LA

Spark Summary

Students will learn to be empathetic towards those who are different by brainstorming scary characteristics of specific monsters and then developing more positive aspects to their nature.