Today students will read four longer works of poetry to determine which they will select for a research paper. I've chosen "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg, "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot, "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and "Home Burial" by Frost, mainly because they all have literary criticism available to students through the Gale and EBSCO databases. I've made a classroom set of the four poems and I've allowed students to use their phones today. I sent links through Remind to the audio versions of each or most of them. I didn't find audio for "The Hollow Men," but it probably wouldn't be hard to find.
"Home Burial" reading on Youtube
"Howl" read by Ginsberg also on Youtube
"The Hollow Men" no audio but some weird art work
"Ulysses" at The Poetry Foundation (I love The Poetry Foundation!)
On the board, I've listed the four poems. At the end of the day the students will write their name under the poem of their choice. Their choice today does not lock-in their ultimate decision on which poem will be the topic of their paper, but the act of committing today does emphasize a sense of urgency.
I teach AP English Literature and dual-credit English at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, Texas.