Writing Gallery

This is what we are all about! We are so very happy to share with you some of the best student writing from workshops, field trips, and tutoring sessions at 826 centers across the country. We also accept submissions by any students age 6-18. All writing can be emailed to submissions [at] 826national.org for consideration. Read on and enjoy!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blending Science and Creative Writing at 826LA and 826NYC

In August 2012, 826 National partnered with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, the Coalition for Science After School (CSAS), and UC San Francisco’s Science and Health Education Partnership to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through writing! This innovative pilot program took place as workshops blending science and writing activities at 826NYC and 826LA for over sixty participating students. Two of the end results of the project were beautiful new publications: 826LA's Don't Forget A Rocket and 826NYC's A Dancing Ballerina and a Hurricane. Check out some of our favorite pieces from both publications, each empirically proven to be powerfully creative works.

Squishy Burrito

by Dayanara Martinez-Lozano, 826LA

My planet is made of crystalline burritos. And the planet has air all right, air that we can breathe. You only need astronaut clothes, boots -- and don’t forget a rocket, of course. You will need one. My planet’s name is SQUISHY BURRITO!
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Living in the Antarctic

by Anselm Herbst, 826LA

To stay warm, I would be dangerous. Wear warm clothes; have a little sweater.

How You Survive an Ice Age

by Jessye Bautista, 826LA

Pick up a really sharp ice dagger. Poke a tree, and bark will fall off. Pick up two rocks. Go into a cave, and build a fire in there. There will be icicles. The water that will drip is your main source. To keep fire going, blow on it. For a pet you can find an animal -- for instance, a white wolf -- and play fetch with it to teach it to hunt and bring food to you. To make clothes, use thread.

Professor Bryan Snickerbottom, Jr.

by Destiny, Kyle, & Lisbeth, 826NYC

Professor Bryan Snickerbottom, Jr. woke up one morning and was looking for some salt to clear the snow in his underground lab. He went to the store and the clerk told him there was no salt in the world.

He went to his lab and got his salt-o-finder, went to the ocean, and put it in the water. The salt-o-finder said there was no salt, and then he fainted.
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When Milk And Food Coloring Meet Soap

by Becky, 826NYC

Red, yellow, and orange
Bubbles drop, sprout, push
Red moves yellow. Color cries, swirls.

When Milk And Food Coloring Meet Soap

by Kyle, 826NYC

Swirling and swimming,
A dancing ballerina,
And a hurricane.

The Origins of Rock Candy

by Ashar, 826NYC

Kyle Henderson was very smart, but stubborn. Kyle had a pot full of sugar and water. He put the pot on a stove for a few hours. Then he put the pot in the fridge. He left it there for seven days. But when he opened the lid on the 8th day, the formula was stiff. When Kyle tried some, it was delicious! He thought, “This is great! It’s candy – not science.”

So Kyle sold his invention and made millions. Now, this candy is eaten all over the world.


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