Heart Maps

  • Title:Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing
  • Author:Georgia Heard
  • Publication Date:September 2016
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9780325074498
  • Publisher:Heinemann

How do we get students to “ache with caring” about their writing instead of mechanically stringing words together?  We spend a lot of time teaching the craft of writing but we also need to devote time to helping students write with purpose and meaning. For decades, Georgia Heard has guided students into more authentic writing experiences by using heart maps to explore what we all hold inside: feelings, passions, vulnerabilities, and wonderings. In Heart Maps, Georgia shares 20 unique, multi-genre heart maps to help your students write from the heart, such as the First Time Heart Map, Family Quilt Heart Map, and People I Admire Heart Map. You’ll also find extensive support for using heart maps, including:

  • Tips for getting started with heart maps
  • Writing ideas to jumpstart student writing in multiple genres from heart maps
  • Suggested mentor texts to provide additional inspiration

“For twenty years I’ve been a tour guide of sorts for heart-mapping writers,” says Georgia. “All you need is paper, pen, an open heart and a willingness to explore what matters to you.” It is this freedom, this idea of discovery, that makes heart-mapping so inviting; students find they have a lot to write about both beloved and newly discovered topics.

Filled with full-color student heart maps, examples of the resulting writing, along with online access to 20 different uniquely designed reproducible heart map templates, Heart Maps will be a practical tool for awakening new writing possibilities and engaging and motivating your students’ writing throughout the year.


Author Bio

Georgia Heard is a founding member of The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City. She is the author of six professional books on the teaching of writing and several children's poetry books.

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