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

Grade Levels
3rd - 12th
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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!

* 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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