Resources

Each of 826 National’s educational resources are created to unlock the art and fun of writing for even the most reluctant of students. The lessons range from offbeat and fun to practical and thought-provoking, from sports to science, music to mysteries. These imaginative lesson plans are created by educators and volunteers across the 826 National network, as well as novelists, actors, and other experts in fields ranging from rocket science to radio broadcasting.

Stem to Story

STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8 inspires learning through fun, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans that fuse hands-on discovery in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with creative writing. The workshop activities within the book are the innovative result of a partnership between 826 National’s proven creative writing model and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, an initiative dedicated to connecting young people to the wonders of STEM through hands-on learning.

Authentically aligned with both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, this book provides teachers, after-school and out-of-school providers, and parents with field-tested lessons, workshops, and projects designed by professionals in each field. Including reflective observations by arts and science celebrities like Mac Barnett, Mayim Bialik, and Steve Hockensmith, lessons feature bonus activities, fun facts, and teaching points for instructors at every level. These quirky, exploratory lessons will effectively awaken student imaginations and passions for both STEM and creative writing, encourage identity with scientific endeavors, and make both science and writing fun.

You can purchase a copy of STEM to Story here.

Don’t Forget to Write

Don’t Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Elementary Grades includes writing prompts for students ages 5-12. The book features amazing contributors, such as Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man books, and irresistible lessons centered on fun themes such as space travel for beginners, integrating movement and storytelling, and writing for your favorite pet.

Don’t Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Secondary Grades, is perfect for students 11 and up. Lesson plans cover topics such as crafting a young-adult novel, songwriting, and writing from experience, and include contributions from:

  • Kristen Schaal, actress and voice artist from The Last Man on Earth and Bob’s Burgers
  • Sarah Vowell, Author, Essayist, and former Daily Show Correspondent
  • Thao Nguyen, front-woman of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
  • Ellie Kemper, star of The Office & Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Community Assessment Rubric

The Community Assessment Rubric is a tool for those interested in starting their own nonprofit or 826-inspired program. From finding the perfect location to developing strategic partnerships and prospecting new donors, the Community Assessment Rubric will help educators and community members outline the first steps in exploring a community they wish to serve.
826 National’s 101 Seminar

Three times a year, 826 National offers a two-day seminar that provides resources and tools to those interested in starting their own community nonprofit. Participants meet with our CEO, and other members of the 826 National staff to learn a great deal about how we do what we do, including key aspects such as fundraising, building a robust volunteer corps, board development, and our project-based learning model. Visit our 101 Seminar page for registration information and more details about the event.