In this poem, students write their own poem similar to William Stafford's poem "Fifteen". There is a rubric and two example poems that I wrote, so please leave the copyright :).
I personally do not require them to use a specific amount of poetic elements, I just like it more as a free write/creative writing. This can all be done in class or broken up over a few days so they have time to really think.
If you would like to extend this activity, click here: Fifteen Poem With Extention
Store: I Heart Freshman English
Key Words: Personal Poem, Fifteen, Freshman, 9th grade, Activity, Creative Writing