In my Grade 9 English class, I always have my students "learn" a passage of scripture appropriate to the theme that we're covering. (I don't say the word "memorize" because it scares some kids off. "I can't memorize, that's too hard." However they can "learn" it.)
For example, when the theme was survival, and the book we were reading was Into Thin Air, talking about climbing Everest, they learned Psalm 121. We have just finished a theme on love and relationships, with Romeo and Juliet, and I had them learn I Corinthians 13:4-8a.
My final theme for the year is Identity and Choices. I'm doing literature circles, where the students are reading one of three books and sharing sometimes with students reading the same novel and sometimes with students reading a different novel. Each of the novels has a protagonist living in a non-home environment (living on the streets in downtown Toronto, living on an island off the coast of Alaska in an alternative justice program, and living alone in the bush in Northern Ontario after running away from home). Each main character is going through and has gone through tough times and develops their character through the book through the help of some significant adults in their lives. Any suggestions for a scripture passage for my students to learn that would relate to this?