Opening a Door: Reading poetry in the Middle School Classroom

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 Saling 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