Davis English 9

Monday, October 26, 2009

How do you map your heart? How do you visualize the core of who you are?

On Friday, we used an exercise I got from a writer and teacher Penny Kittle. She uses the heart maps to generate ideas for writing. I am using it with Anthem as kids are formulating their own beliefs, values, and understanding of self. The culminating writing is NPR's "This I Believe", so this is a great visual and foundation piece as the students begin to think about their paradigms. After the students drew their heart maps, they will look at it, think about it, and then write a free-verse poem about their heart map.

Today, students, post your 1st draft of your free-verse poems. (You may want to open a word processing page first to type...to catch spelling mistakes).

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  • At 9:16 AM , Blogger Davis said...

    Soul Map ---by Mrs. Davis

    I mapped my heart today, not corollaries and veins,
    But how I am filled, bleeding emotions and air-giving life,
    I feel tears inside comforted by a giggle,
    Pictures of silly days, family draped around each other.
    Christmas moments amidst candy canes.

    I mapped my heart today, strange to see its picture,
    What would it say to see it before itself?
    Does this look like it does in its mirror?

    Teach to live each day as passionately as I feel it beating,
    Knocking to remind me to truly live…and believe.

  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger crawdaddy19 said...


    I feel so free
    free when I can go ski
    I can go down the mountain
    getting snow in my face
    I see a cool jump and go off the base
    I land on the ground
    and I feel so proud, that I landed
    and now I can finish the run
    and take off my bindings and
    I run to the lodge to get a warm
    hot chocolate to warm my cool bod-y

  • At 12:42 PM , Blogger jfootball25 said...

    Family is all I need

    Family is all I need in my life
    there will be some sad
    times. As love shines on the
    family we grow from it
    as the sadness comes
    in and pours on us we grow
    from it. We learn from our
    mistakes and we fix them
    together as a family because
    my family is all I need.

  • At 12:44 PM , Blogger Davis said...

    Mrs. Davis

    Standing Strong

    My heart is an oak tree,
    ...rooted in family, growing deeper and
    stronger through gritty trials--
    ...we wind and branch bearing the
    storms together; kindness whispers in the wind.

    Daisies sprout as sun peeks through my leaves,
    Acorns drop, new generations begin.

    I'll never forget the sorrows, tears soaked in
    rain, but the warmth of the sun always

    I am the oak, standing strong.

  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger JTJ10 said...

    The Mountain

    I am the mountain
    warmed by the sun of life
    with rays of spirit, life, health, and glory
    covered by the cloud of feeling
    the lake of peace rests quietly
    the rain of happiness and sadness
    lets tree of growth become bigger
    the knowledge of flowers
    brings intelligent to the mind
    I am the mountain

  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger callie009 said...

    Going down the road looking for adventure,

    Listening to faith, hope and independence,

    Knowing the things that are wrong will eventually go away,

    Adrenaline leading the way,

    Hoping to not get lost in the mountains,

    Using only your intelligence to save yourself from doing wrong,

    Listening to the winds of people wispering direction,

    Learning from your curiosity to live with joy and not distress,

    A life with distress is a life waiting to be lived,

    But remember, the sun will never go away,

    Keep looking forward and everything will be ok.

  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Moriah said...

    Something New
    Within my heart my music sways,
    Sunshine glows as happiness flows,
    Beauty Blooms,
    Raindrops fall with love for all,
    Wings of freedom expand,
    As God creates a new land,
    Trust in him as you dreams come true,
    Oh to experience something new,
    Wanting something more,
    And finding something I've never had before

  • At 12:49 PM , Blogger theshort1 said...

    My heart is like a burst of

    when i listen to it, it makes
    me feel free, and

    my music describes me..
    in many different ways.
    all i need is music it is apart of me.

  • At 12:50 PM , Blogger jrlval2 said...

    My Heart Beats for Me

    My heart beats for happiness
    The greatest emotion that a human can feel.

    My heart beats for laughter,
    The bubbly feeling inside your stomach,
    Making you smile ear to ear.

    My heart beats for my family,
    my friends; my loves.
    My heart beats for swimming,
    The icy pool and adrenaline rush.

    My heart beats for me
    And everything that makes me happy.

  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger valgavi23 said...

    Happiness Within

    I am full of happiness
    Laughter, love, and glee,
    My friends and family are at my side
    My life is a fun never ending ride
    Smiling throughout my entire life
    Only shedding tears of laughter
    hardly being able to breathe after
    My sadness will always trail away
    I have many adventures in just one day
    My heart is full of happiness
    Laughter, Love, and glee

  • At 12:57 PM , Blogger ryans2013 said...

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  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger ryans2013 said...


    This is me,
    Just like he and she,
    Another thing on the sphere,
    I just say what I hear,
    I look at the PC,
    Just listen to my mp3,
    I change,
    Along with my brain,
    Learn new stuff,
    I haven't been in cuffs,
    This is me,
    And always will be

  • At 12:59 PM , Blogger NS said...

    The Heart of the Heart by Nick Spencer

    Loud, explosive colors
    That's my favorite
    Baseball is the heart
    But family is the heart of the heart
    Treat others the way you want to be treated
    I've known that for a long, long time
    Mountains are tall and a big part of me
    As well as the outdoors
    The two on the outside run together
    They are together like everything else in the universe

  • At 1:03 PM , Blogger howdy95 said...

    Almost doesn’t count except for horse shoes, and hand grenades.
    In life, you must always try your hardest to do your best.
    To climb every mountain, and explore every cave.
    Every chance you get, show your best.
    To make every day the best ever.
    Now step back, take a breath, and look at what you have done.
    Is it good? Are you impressed?
    Of course you are, you have created a masterpiece.
    Your masterpiece is the result of hard work, so remember you only have one life so don’t waste it.
    A hard day’s work deserves a good night’s rest.

  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger baby_chick123 said...

    Caitlin Hanson Mrs. davis Hour 6 10/26/09


    Within my heart you will find
    The beautiful and strong
    White tiger
    Surrounding the tiger
    You will see the image
    Of the Gemini
    Surrounding the Gemini sign
    You will see the images
    Of peace and happiness
    Surrounding peace and happiness
    You will find a strong person

  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger Buffunicorn said...

    Kurtis Werner
    Blk 6


    I am all about football and thats all I need.
    Football is my family.
    It is the most important thing to me.
    I do everything for football.
    I live the sport football.
    It brings me joy with victory.
    And sadness with loss.
    I learn from my mistakes.
    And correct them.
    Football is my favorite thing.

  • At 1:06 PM , Blogger JM65 said...

    Football thats all I think about
    I never stop, in my sleep,school
    its football and its never anything
    else. But the stuffing inside the
    football is music.
    Music to me
    is like the cream
    filling of an
    Oreo. The football
    is the chocolate
    of the Oreo and music is the stuffing
    if there was no stuffing there would
    be no Oreo if there was no music
    there wouldn't be football

  • At 1:07 PM , Blogger TD said...

    The Beat

    It's the perfect way to express
    When I'm sad it makes me happy
    When I'm happy it calms me
    It's what gets me through life
    Without it I would be nothing
    A shell with no emotion
    It gives me inspiration
    It gives me happiness
    It is the center of my life
    It is the Beat

  • At 1:08 PM , Blogger da-artistBS said...

    Bailey Smith-Period 6

    My center

    As I look at the heart my hand has created, I stop-
    Does this sketch mimic my heart?
    A mess of muscle, veins, and blood,
    But what makes my heart different?

    Through the Aorta, flows words;
    words such as family, love, laughter, and understanding.
    What do these words mean?

    Through the Pulmonary Artery and the Superior Vena Cava flow ideals-
    “Laughter is the best medicine” and “Just cry” outline the boarder.
    Are these values really mine?

    People flow through my blood, my life source-
    My mother and father are amongst them, all untied in aspiration.
    Are they apart of me?

    As my heart pumps words, values, and people through out my body
    I smile
    This is my heart-
    because I made it this way.

  • At 1:08 PM , Blogger Lexi612 said...

    Shinning Star

    Warming, loving beams of light
    Memories of a family night
    Keep close all my dreams and passions
    Even mottos in a organized fashion
    Must shine in all the things I do
    Volleyball, lacrosse, and even school
    Friends have a special place
    Family takes up most of the space
    Outdoors and summertime are loved
    And cannot forget God above

  • At 1:09 PM , Blogger Zach said...

    The Forrest Zachary Lodge
    The mountains rise like freedom.
    Even the flies enjoy the skies.
    The deer and elk graze in the fields.
    Hunters drive and arrive, carrying their rifles.
    Animals run but the gun will always win.
    They return victorious.
    Now they have meat to eat.
    They will survive the winter.
    God has provided.
    They have divided the meat for other people to eat.

  • At 1:10 PM , Blogger ravinous pear said...

    If you don't have bricks,
    you cannot build a wall.
    Because if you are to succeed building a wall
    someone must first succeed in making bricks.
    and in life everyone is dependent on each other to succeed first
    weather we know it or not we all have no choice but to trust their neighbor to do there job.
    We are dependent on each other to survive
    and we are all connected trough our actions,
    by the way we coexist.
    Life is a path of our actions that connects us all.

  • At 1:12 PM , Blogger Katey said...

    My Heart is my Happiness

    My heart means everything in my life that makes me happy
    No need to bring in the negatives in my heart.
    Things that make me laugh,
    Things in the present, and from the past
    All in my heart
    I focus on what makes me happy
    and let that get the best of me
    My heart is me, and what I'm trying to be.

  • At 2:53 PM , Blogger cheyenne B. said...

    When the Heart is hiding

    In my heart, there lies a garden; a rose is looking toward the sky,
    It’s like facing life,
    The color of such beauty is so delightful, just like looking at my family.
    The scent of aroma, just like my grandmother cooking her homemade tortillas,
    That beholds such joy; Faith brings it to its beauty,
    But the rose has thrones that pricks the finger,
    Its only fault, not showing the sorrow
    But keeping such kind words, which is not impossible
    The heart of a rose lies beneath the petals.
    Only when the rose is fully grown, the heart is fully showing.

  • At 4:40 PM , Blogger nacho.man said...

    Sports are what I do best
    Football,wrestling and lacrosse
    and a few others in between
    I may get a scholar ship, I might not
    but life can be surprising
    Always think big
    so you can achieve big
    Try, try and try again
    until you find what you do best
    Sports are what I do best

  • At 5:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My heart is full,
    But still empty.
    I am free,
    But I am trapped.
    The weight of pressure weighs on me,
    And yet Jesus died for me,
    And carries my weight,
    When I let him.
    I think I'm strong,
    But I am weak.
    But even in my weakness I find Joy.
    In my friends, family, and Jesus.

  • At 5:36 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    The Music Is All Around Us

    All we have to do is listen
    Listen to the blowing wind, to the flowing stream
    The music that surrounds our world

    To me, music is my heart…
    My heart…
    Filled with words.
    Words that inspire me,
    fill me with peace and harmony

    The music makes me proud of whom I am,
    Proud of what I believe in,
    saving our earth.

    Music is the soul, in which I must find,
    No one person can help me find it,
    it’s everyone, together.

    I will find it, and when I do…
    I too will hear the music.
    For the music is all around us…
    all I have to do is listen.

  • At 6:51 PM , Blogger C.P. said...


    Intelligent girl, wild and crazy.
    Healing pain, unknown and hazy.
    Trouble-makers break every rule.
    Loving as, your friends unfurl.
    The mystery beyond, the boundaries.
    Social status puts on me.
    Truthful people, that stand out.
    Seem inpatient, no doubt.
    For the talented, to realize.
    Responsibility, from what’s right.
    Someone like a warrior, free spirited and wise.
    Calm or energetic, open your eyes.
    Because life isn’t about, who’s better or worse.
    But truly about, the impression you’ll force.

  • At 7:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am me, a mysteries puzzle
    a million pieces shattered but scattered
    piece by piece
    I am learning to put myself back together
    collecting knowledge from the past
    learning from others
    I find what fits together
    this puzzle is never ending
    its just creating the
    image I portray.

  • At 8:05 PM , Blogger Allen said...

    Life is unfair

    but doesn't it make us become more aware

    I have much love for this world and mankind

    what if we just stopped and took a minute to rewind

    look around and put aside all the the problems we see

    and to watch the peace and happiness that is passed from you to me

    life is a roller coaster, it has its up and downs

    theres no need to worry though so don't you frown

    for life will have unexpected turns

    but in the end that shall help us prepare and learn.

    does this sound good?

  • At 9:37 AM , Blogger Justin said...

    music what i need
    it makes me feel free
    it lets me be who i am
    it lets me be what i am
    music is what i realy need

  • At 12:09 PM , Blogger isaac3777ahsfootball said...

    Isaac Prudhomme
    Davis p.6

    Many ways many days it is seen
    All know few understand
    To understand is to believe and trust
    Understanding could save a life
    Or hope the hopeless
    The people who don’t believe are not at fault but they just don’t understand yet
    People who say they understand but don’t are at fault but can be taught
    God gave us all the right to understand no mater what we did
    Life is to understand
    Understanding the cross is life for me

  • At 12:33 PM , Blogger Luke Marshall said...

    The Rhythm Inside Me

    I feel the rhythm
    rushing through my veins
    I hear the music
    in my heart
    The song I sing is sweet
    about love, friends and peace
    I feel the rhythm in my heart
    so smooth and sweet
    the beat wishes thought me
    I feel the rhythm inside


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