I choose a poem each week to read to my Challenge B students. My choices range in style but each must do something beautiful with words and have content that connects to my teens. About half have been Robert Frost, because as New Englanders they should be well acquainted with his quintessential New England voice.
I came across this passage in an article put out by the Circe writers: http://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/garden-poetry-why-i-want-english-class-garden
In my English classes, I open each class period with a spirited reading and reflection of a poem. Beginning our learning time together with a poem is like a fastidious and thorough stretch; or like a first cup of fine organic coffee; or even like the sun’s rays spilling over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on a crisp, fall morning. You cannot believe you are driving across that bridge, at just that perfect time. How did you find yourself there?
Yes, yes–this is why I read to my students!