Close 
Download this resource

Save PDFs to your computer or to Google Drive.

Spark: A Place Worth Being with Jason Reynolds

1 Spark

Save this Spark
Select one to finish
Please wait…
Something went wrong. Please try again.
Success! Check your drive.
Click here to allow 826 Digital to upload to your drive
Spark

A Place Worth Being with Jason Reynolds

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.

Level

Grades 6–12

Type

Narrative, Social-Emotional Learning

What Your Students Will Learn

Students will learn an interesting way to use descriptive language, and, for fiction writers, a way to build characters.

What You Will Do

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. What’s the weather? What’s the terrain? Is this a city or a suburb? A farm? A different planet? Are there lots of people there? What’s it smell like? Is it loud? Is there traffic? Street vendors and hustlers? You get the point. Turn the body and mind into an environment through your writing.

This prompt also works in the inverse, where an environment can be described as a person.

 

Looking for more inspiration from Jason Reynolds?

Watch his video For Every One, now available on 826 Digital.

Students! Submit your writing for a chance to be published by 826 National. In the spirit of further amplifying and celebrating youth voices, 826 National invites students ages 13 and up to submit writing inspired by this Spark, “A Place Worth Being”Selected pieces could be published in a forthcoming publication from 826 National and Jason Reynolds.

Submissions are due March 5, 2021. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and submit work here!

 

See more Sparks at this level

Grades 7–12
Poetry

Elevate Your Voice with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Spark Summary

This poetry prompt from Rachel Eliza Griffiths asks students to consider the ordinary in their lives—then write a poem that celebrates those ordinary objects and figures.

Grades 6–12
Poetry

“The Hill We Climb”

by 826 National

Spark Summary

Students discuss the 2021 inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman and write their own poems in response to "The Hill We Climb."