Heart Maps (EBook) by Georgia Heard. Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing - Heinemann Publishing
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Heart Maps (EBook)

Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing

In Heart Maps, Georgia shares 20 unique, multi-genre heart maps to help your students write from the heart. Filled with full-color student heart maps, examples of the resulting writing, along with access to reproducible templates, Heart Maps will be a practical tool for awakening new writing possibilities in your students throughout the year.

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"Heart Maps is a book that I will use and recommend to teachers for years to come.”
—Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer

"You’ll find yourself relying on this book again and again as a trusted source as you help your student writers craft a writing life.”
—Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Reading Strategies Book and the forthcoming
The Writing Strategies Book

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.

Contents

Chapter 1 Breathings of the Heart: Heart Mapping Beginnings—the How and the Why

  • Heart Mapping with Children
  • How Heart Mapping Nurtures Writers

Chapter 2 Heart-Mapping Essentials: What You Need for Your Journey

  • How to Introduce Heart Mapping
  • When to Introduce Heart Mapping
  • What to Include on Heart Maps
  • Time Needed for Heart Maps

Chapter 3 The Heart of the Matter: Twenty Heart Maps to Inspire and Engage Writers

  1. Blank Canvas Heart Map
  2. My Writer’s Heart Map
  3. My Reader’s Heart Map
  4. Small Moment Heart Map
  5. First Time Heart Map
  6. Last Time Heart Map
  7. Family Quilt Heart Map
  8. My Name Heart Map
  9. My Pet or Favorite Animal Heart Map
  10. Gratitude Heart Map
  11. Home Is Where the Heart Is Heart Map
  12. My Wishes Heart Map
  13. Special Place Heart Map
  14. Be the Change That You Wish to See in the World Heart Map
  15. A Beloved Character Heart Map
  16. People I Admire Heart Map
  17. Where I Find Poetry Heart Map
  18. Senses Heart Map
  19. What I Love About My Topic Heart Map
  20. What I Wonder About Heart Map

Chapter 4 Digging Deeper into Heart Maps: Sharing, Reflecting on, and Writing from Heart Maps

  • Sharing Heart Maps
  • Writing from Heart Maps
  • Revising Writing from Heart Maps
  • Using Mentor Texts with Heart Maps
  • Reflecting on Using Heart

Chapter 5 Three Hearts: Guest Essays

  • “LitWorld Heart Stories,” by Pam Allyn
  • “What Matters,” by Nancie Atwell
  • “Tune in to Your Heart Map Playlist,” by Penny Kittle

Epilogue: Keeping Our Hearts Open

In Depth

Listen to Georgia discuss Heart Maps on The Heinemann Podcast.

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Reviews

“Passion drives effort. If we want students to invest effort in learning to write well, we must provide opportunities to explore their passions and find relevance in their writing. Georgia Heard shows us how to open students’ hearts, discover their stories, and bring their passions to the page. Rich with practical strategies, student examples, and lists of mentor texts, Heart Maps is a book that I will use and recommend to teachers for years to come.”
—Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer

“This book will steal your heart. Filled with strategies, student work examples, stories from the classroom, mentor texts, inspiration, and practicality, you’ll find yourself relying on this book again and again as a trusted source as you help your student writers craft a writing life.”
—Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Reading Strategies Book and the forthcoming The Writing Strategies Book

“We understand that children read and write more earnestly and truthfully when engaged by emotion. We have, in Heart Maps, a stunning array of potential discoveries for young readers and writers: discoveries about what really lies within our complex emotional lives; about the budding passion they find in the social or natural world; and about the hearts of those around them. The discoveries and insights children will make as they craft heart maps will be lasting and profound.”
—Ellin Keene, author of Talk About Understanding; coeditor of The Teacher You Want to Be

“From the first page of Heart Maps, Georgia takes us on a journey of ‘possible’ from a child’s-eye-view with 20 heart maps as our navigation tool. She helps us envision writing from the inside out, taking us on a passionate voyage unfettered by impersonal rules where joyful meanderings of powerful, personal, purposeful writing keep ‘possible’ in view.”
—Dr. Mary Howard, author of Good to Great Teaching and RTI from All Sides

Heart Maps is filled with wonder and beauty. It will capture and hold the why of any writer’s journey: to name the passions that live inside of us, waiting to be written. Georgia offers wise guidance and practical tools for writing teachers of all ages, including 20 kinds of heart maps and dozens and dozens of mentor poems and gorgeous student examples to spring deep thinking across genres. This is a rich and lasting gift for my own teaching and an essential book for all who lead writers.”
—Penny Kittle, author of Book Love and Write Beside Them

Heart Maps shows and powerfully provides a tangible way for a teacher to help a child plumb their natural creativity. The heart map method is also a bridge: by using and being open to it, a solid connection between the teacher and student is inevitable. Even more, by practicing heart maps, a child can learn to connect with their own vast and unique identity as a writer-for-life. There may be no greater gift a teacher can give.”
—John Fox, author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making; founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine

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