Have you ever heard of heart maps ? What are they all about? What do they look like? A heart map is a visual representation of what a student likes or cares about. This heart-shaped picture uses drawings and words to show the things that "live" in a child's heart waiting for the chance to be revealed by a writing activity. The most important ideas go in the middle and the less important things go in the surrounding spaces. First mentioned by Georgia Heard in her book Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School, heart maps can help students attend to writing from a much deeper level than most prompts. Students express themselves more accurately and completely when they use this visual display. in the above picture the child reveals his love of his family as the greatest heart idea and his passion for food, music, his dog Roxy, travel, nature , music and movies as secondary but also important. These are all the things dear to his heart.
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