If you google "Heart Mapping" by Georgia Heard, a great tutorial/lesson plan and template will pop right up! Hooray for Google! Even the template of a heart is ready to go! If we take the opportunity for students to create a heart map they'll have it as a wonderful resource for narrative ideas throughout the year. It can be used for a quick ten minute write or mini-story to complete narratives. It might be fun to do a heart map at different times of the year so that students can compare their thinking and ideas over time.
When I created my own heart map in class this week, I loved the color coding of different life experiences. I color coded the following:
- People I care about
- Places I've lived
- Things I do in my free time.
- Favorite memories or events
- Turning points in my life
- Favorite places
- Favorite possessions, artifacts, etc.
My heart is not complete yet, as there are many more things that I'm sure I'd like to add. I think I could actually create multiple hearts, one for each of the bullets listed above. I also think I could grow my list of things to include. What I love the most is that each section of my heart is a story waiting to be told, now I just need the time to write.
Let me know if you've done a heart map before or you're going to give it a try with your students. I'd love to see what your kids come up with, the possibilities are endless!