Writing from the Heart

Heart Maps

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Heart Maps: Helping Students Craft and Create Authentic Writing with Essays by Pam Allyn, Nancie Atwell and Penny Kittle

I just finished writing my new book on heart mapping! If you’ve explored heart mapping with your students, this book will show you twenty new ways to heart map followed by writing ideas.

I first introduced heart mapping to students fifteen years ago in a poetry class in Arizona, and then wrote about it in my book Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. Since then I’ve introduced heart mapping in schools around the United States, and around the world, and the idea has spread. Heart mapping and writing is cited on over 100 websites, and when typed into Google close to eight million search results appear.

One of the goals of heart mapping is to provide a concrete and visual way for students to map out their lives — people, memories and experiences that matter to them most –to discover powerful and personal writing topics in all genres.

Here are a three examples of student heart maps:

Ashley's My Heart Wishes Map

Sarah's My Writer's Heart Map

Melanie's Heart Map





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