Poetry is the door of our hearts. Georgia Heard says we must keep our hearts open because that's where the true source of poetry lies. It's the feelings of our innermost self and those things that are important to us.
1. First make a map of your heart in your poetry journal. Make sections to show what is important in your life. Look at the sample maps by a Kindergarten student, an elementary student and a teacher.
2. Next, click on the link to George Ella Lyon's poem "Where I'm From" . You can also click the speaker to hear her read the poem aloud. Think about how much this reveals about this poet's life.
3. In your Writing Notebook make your very own "Where I'm From" list. Arrange and edit your ideas into a poem about where you're from. Look at some student samples by Audrey and Caitlin below.
4. Paste the Heart poems in your Writing Notebook. Make marginal notes about what you notice.
5. Can you go back to your Writing notebook entries and draft a few heart poems of your own?