Friday, November 15, 2013

Heart Maps; a list of ideas that we could write about

We are continuing to grow as authors and illustrators everyday.  This week we were introduced to our Writing Workshop folders, one green and one red.  Our green "GO" folders are for stories that we are currently working on.  Our red "STOP" folders are for finished stories.  Throughout the year, as we learn new strategies, we will be adding different writing tools to our folders to use as helpful hints during writing time.  At the beginning of the week we each made a Heart Map.  We talked about how some authors write about things, people, and times that are important to them.  Authors write from their heart!  Some write about their families or vacations they have had or the time they took their dog on a walk.  We brainstormed some more ideas and then filled our Heart Maps with story ideas that were important to us.  They did an awesome job.  Here are some examples of their awesome work.  They will be able to use this idea bank when they aren't sure what to write about.  Next week, I will be sending a Heart Map home with the children.  I will ask for them to fill the heart with pictures from home of things that are important to them.  This will also be used for an idea bank for when they can't think of something to write about. Here is a link to the FREE templates.  CLICK HERE

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