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Poetry Brainstorming template - students write topic in the middle and brainstorm ideas in the blocks around the edges

How to: Ink Fingers - blow up on photocopier. Trace lines over fingerprint filled with you phrases and words. (make one for each of us) word-art

Time to start planning for Poetry Month! Here's a freebie that will help your students write comparison poems using metaphors and similes.

"I love this activity! My former students have created some beautiful poetry with this style."

Thumbprint Self-Portrait. The kids make this based on their actual thumbprint and write a narrative about themselves... how old you are, things you like and don't like, your hopes and dreams for the future....