On of my favorite poems is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W.B. Yeats. There are several recordings of this song. The two that I have heard are by Joan Baez and Donovan.
It would be a perfect assignment to bring in Henry David Thoreau's nine bean row idea and a discussion of Walden.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles
Nine bean-rows I will have there, a hive for the
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
Then follow up with the beautiful song by one of these artists.
Another good assignment for this unit is for the students to decide where in their past would they like to go to spend time outdoors as Yeats did as a teenager, rowing over to Innisfree and lying on the ground looking up at the stars and the fireflies. They can write a poem about it or a descriptive paragraph.
Follow that up with the song "Memories" or "The Way We Were." Even though they do not have the memories of an adult, they can be shown the importance and the feelings that one gets when he returns to a favorite spot from childhood.
Get away from the sentimentality and have them get in groups and write a rap using the poem. Yeats might like to have his poem brought into the 21st century. Anything to get these children to enjoy literature.