opening a door



Because I've met so many good teachers who feel uncomfortable talking about poetry with students, I wanted to offer a plan for discussing a poem that would not wreck the experience for the students or their teachers. The book is based on 15 classroom-tested "explorations" that include reproducible poems, student pages and graphic organizers to get teachers started. I also include background information on the poets. Basically, it's all you need to engage middle school students as they explore poetry.

The buzz...

Based on a novel approach, Opening a Door goes a long way to making poetry not just palatable but exciting and engaging to young readers. PaulB. Janeczko should be applauded for this inventive book.
— Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and author of Sailing Alone Around the Room
A wonderful resrouce that will open the door to poetry for even the most reluctant middle school reader. I was impressed not only by Paul’s practical ideas . . . but also by his superb collection of poetry.
— Georgia Heard, poet and author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School