826LA OFFERS THE FOLLOWING STANDARD FIELD TRIPS
Storytelling and Bookmaking
Recommended for grades 1–4
In our most popular Field Trip, students must bring forth their best writing to appease our never-seen, always-heard (and always-cranky) publishers, Mr. and Mrs. Barnacle. Students collaborate with trained volunteers and each other to produce a story with all-new characters, setting, and plot, all the way up to a cliffhanger—at which point students must finish the story on their own, in order to sate the Barnacles’ need for originality. Should everyone write up to their potential, Mr. or Mrs. Barnacle may approve their endings, and they’ll all leave with a bound, illustrated book to take home.
Well-Wishing and Poetry Writing
Recommended for grades 3–5
In this Field Trip, students explore different types of poetry and poetry elements. Students work in both large and small groups, and finally individually, to write poems to cheer up our publisher’s sick pet. By the end of this Field Trip, each student leaves with a copy of his or her own book, and as a published poet.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Recommended for grades 5–8
The Choose Your Own Adventure Field Trip is an action-packed thriller. The students begin writing a story as a group, but stop when the second-person protagonist has a decision to make. At that point, the class splits into two to write each branch of the story. As more decisions present themselves and storylines end, the groups re-split and re-merge. Every student ends the Field Trip by individually finishing the last four unresolved story branches, and they all take home a copy of the adventure.
Recommended for grades 6–8, including special education and ELL classes
In this Field Trip, students visit the 826LA writing lab as guest authors for the day, tasked with writing books for children. Students work in small groups to create a story from start to finish: constructing characters, finding a setting, and planning a plot suitable for young students. Every student will leave with a copy of their own book, published and bound, to share with the young children in their lives.
Recommended for grades 9–12
In this Field Trip, designed with the help of a professional screenwriter, students work in small groups on a script written for stage or screen while learning to craft scenes and write engaging dialogue. Students will leave with a bound script, published and ready to send right off to Hollywood.
Recommended for grades 9–11
It’s never too early to start your memoir! During this Field Trip, students explore storytelling through a nonfiction lens. They reflect on their lives and unpack important moments, events, and memories that have shaped their identities. With the help of volunteers and focused small group work, students walk away from this Field Trip with a collective class memoir, a map of their memories, and the beginnings of their own personal narratives. This Field Trip can be used as a tool for students as they prepare to write their personal narratives for college application essays, whether that be this year, next year, or several years into the future.
College Personal Statements
Recommended for grades 11–12
Crafting personal statements for college applications is one of the most powerful examples of writing as a tool for empowerment and equal access. Colleges are looking for personal and honest stories, and in personal statement Field Trips, 826LA volunteers spend time with students to learn their stories and then shape their experiences into essays that reveal character and determination. We emphasize reflective and thoughtful writing while making sure students are answering all the questions in the prompts for University of California schools, private colleges, and California State EOP short answer questions.