Our first lesson in The Storyteller’s Project revolved around collections.
First, I read aloud The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman. We discussed how the Grandfather collected memories in matchboxes.
Next, students created heart maps. Heartmaps provide an opportunity for students to make a map of all the things that are in their heart, all the things that matter to them. The heart map was developed by Georgia Heard as a way to collect ideas that are rooted in memory and experience. We made a connection between the Grandfather’s collection and students’ collections of ideas on their heart map.
I also gave students their writer’s notebooks and read aloud “What is a Writer’s Notebook Anyway?” from A Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher. We finished the lesson by determining that the writer’s notebook is the perfect place to collect ideas for writing.
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