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Fingerprint Poetry Writing Template Grades 4-12, Unique writing, Back to School

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Have you noticed that students love to experiment with writing in all different directions (nonlinear text)? Our eyes are attracted to text that 'moves.' For Fingerprint Poetry, your student gets to create a poem or free flow text about the one thing they know they most about - themselves! Fingerprints, like students, are all unique. So what makes YOU unique? Here is your chance to share it with the world!

Included:
* Description of Fingerprint Poetry
* 16 writing ideas + 5 ways to get really creative
* 3 'dark lines' fingerprint templates
* 3 'light lines' fingerprint templates

This is a great creative writing assignment for back-to-school, self-discovery, reflection, or even the end of the year. It could also be used as a formative assessment - ask students to write from the perspective of a character or important figure.

Students will choose between the arch, whorl, or loop fingerprint template. There are 2 sets of these fingerprint worksheets - one with light writing that the students could write on, and one with heavy writing that can be used for tracing or as a guide underneath the paper. Several of my students (grade 8) also chose not to use a worksheet/template, and just did their own thing. That's the whole point of this assignment anyway!

The worksheet explains the point/purpose of fingerprint poetry, and gives 16+ ideas for writing. You WON'T have any students saying, "But I don't know what to write about!" There are also 5 ideas for making the poetry more creative and visual, such as varying font, including pictures, etc.

Please download and enjoy!

Looking for more creative writing fun? You might love Zoo Animal Printable Templates / Outlines
and Don't Tell Me, Show Me! A Descriptive Writing Unit for Adolescents

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On  April 23, 2014,  Brooke R. said:
I was so excited to print this product and to make copies for next years' rising freshmen. I know many of them will LOVE it!!!! And those that don't, well, maybe I'll learn something about them. I can see us using this idea for more than just an introduction...maybe to characterize a character...who knows? As the students say, "I'm stoked!" Thank you for your wonderful products.
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I'm using this activity soon...can't wait to try it!
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On  April 23, 2014,  Buyer said:
am using this as a substitute teacher..great idea
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Good product. The students enjoyed doing these.
On  April 18, 2014Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Thank you so much for your purchase and feedback! I'm so glad they enjoyed this - always a fun writing project! Happy Teaching!
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I used this as an alternative to a traditional memoir, and it was fantastic! Thanks.
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On  February 23, 2014,  Kathy S. said:
Creative way to teach poetry. Thanks.
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My 4th grade loved this project!!
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On  December 11, 2013,  Buyer said:
very well done
On  December 13, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Thank you so much! I hope your students enjoyed making their fingerprint poetry. Have a wonderful day.
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My students loved this!!!! Thanks
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That is such great news to hear! I think it's a lot of fun to write in new creative ways. Have a great weekend!
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Great getting-to-know-you activity.
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I agree - this is a really fun activity for students and teachers alike! Happy teaching!
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Great idea! A little bit hard to read the poems after they are finished. That was the only downside. Students loved it!
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Thank you for the feedback. I understand that the poems might be a challenge to read, but for me, that is what makes it fun. Creative, unexpected, and unique, just like every student. Have a wonderful day!
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My students truly enjoyed this assignment! Thank you.
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These turned out great and were a wonderful display at Open House!
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My 4th grade co-workers love it.
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Students had a great time with this activity & I learned a little about them as well. Thanks!
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Can't wait to use this as a welcome back activity!
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I hope you've had a chance to use this and you are settling back into the classroom! Best of luck, and have a wonderful year!
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Can't wait to use this!
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Thank you so much for your feedback! I hope you have had a chance to use it this school year. Have a wonderful week!
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Cute, thanks!
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Thank you so much for the feedback! Best of luck with this unit, and have a great week :)
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On  August 10, 2013,  Brandi B. said:
Love this! I did not want to have to worry about blowing up each student's fingerprint, the templates are great!
On  August 25, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Thanks so much! I agree - a great time saver. That's why I do what I do! Thanks for the purchase and glowing review :) Have a great week!
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This was great, my kiddos loved the end product. They wrote about their 2013 year thus far (did this middle of the school year).
On  July 24, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Fantastic idea! Love the creativity. Thank you and happy teaching!
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On  March 17, 2013,  Kortney N. said:
We will be using these as part of out Poet-Tree!!!
On  March 19, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
That is really awesome! I love the name of your unit, and I'm honored to be contributing to it!! Good luck!
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Perfect! I love this! Can't wait to do this!
On  March 13, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Awesome - my students loved it too! They keep asking to do another one. I hope your students love it as well!
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On  March 12, 2013Christine Yarzabek (TpT Seller) said:
I love this! Great after teaching a lesson on fingerprints!
On  March 12, 2013Kristen Dembroski NBCT answered:
Thanks so much - I'm so excited to hear that you found a cross-curricular use for this product! Happy teaching!
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Fingerprint Poetry Writing Template Grades 4-12, Unique wr
Fingerprint Poetry Writing Template Grades 4-12, Unique wr
Fingerprint Poetry Writing Template Grades 4-12, Unique wr
Fingerprint Poetry Writing Template Grades 4-12, Unique wr