I hooked into the very cool Favorite Poem Project from and out of Boston College, and after showing multiple instances from that program towards the end of my poetry unit I had students make their own presentations on their favorite poem. Between the speakers from the FPP and my own examples, a very personal unit from the teacher that hopefully would bring a similarly invested presentation on a poem from student.
This project placed much in the laps of high school freshman. But the power of project-based lessons is that the students work more, and the teacher less. It forces students to do much heavy lifting.
In honor of the larger program, we named this the “Foothill Technology High School Favorite Poem Project.”