My students create heart maps early in the school year and keep them in their writing folders so they can refer back to them when they write poetry or when they’re stuck about what to write.

My students create heart maps early in the school year and keep them in their writing folders so they can refer back to them when they write poetry or when they’re stuck about what to write.

I learned about heart maps from one of poet and author Georgia Heard's books about training writing, Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. This inspiring and practical handbook for teachers is total of adaptable ideas that will help establish a classroom environment that fosters a love of poetry and poetry writing. Continue reading My students create heart maps early in the school year and keep them in their writing folders so they can refer back to them when they write poetry or when they’re stuck about what to write.