I've always required my students to memorize. It's an uphill battle, and nobody likes it. The parents really hate it, and they fight me on it, but I've remained stalwart.
They used to memorize definitions for vocabulary words for the SAT. Bleck.
Then I moved up to making them memorize literary terms and their definitions. Ick.
Then we moved on to . . . poetry.
So, here's what all my seniors recited today.
That's 34 lines of Shakespeare.
And my 11th graders? They spent today learning how to make a PERFECT Works Cited Page, in MLA format, including how to do an online entry. No easy task. We go through this torturous exercise each semester. Because NONE OF US remembers how it's done :)