Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry

Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry

by Dominic Luxford
     
 

This one-of-a-kind mixture of essays, interviews, and lesson plans gathers the best thinking about how we can impart the value and joy of poetry to kids.

The essays in the first section—from Matthea Harvey, Ron Padgett, William Stafford, Eileen Myles, Kenneth Koch, Theodore Roethke, and many others—illuminate the importance of poetry to a well-rounded

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This one-of-a-kind mixture of essays, interviews, and lesson plans gathers the best thinking about how we can impart the value and joy of poetry to kids.

The essays in the first section—from Matthea Harvey, Ron Padgett, William Stafford, Eileen Myles, Kenneth Koch, Theodore Roethke, and many others—illuminate the importance of poetry to a well-rounded education, in and out of traditional classroom settings. The next section is a roundtable conversation among a handful of creative men and women who’ve helped set up or run poetry education centers around the United States. In the book’s final segment, award-winning poets (Matthew Zapruder, Yusef Komunyakaa, many others) offer an array of brilliant lesson plans for people teaching poetry to kids of all ages.

Open the Door will be useful for first-time and veteran teachers, as well as parents, babysitters, MFAs with no job, and anyone else with an interest in poetry’s place in the lives of our younger citizens.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Worried you don't know how to teach poetry? Frustrated that your students groan at the sight of a poem? Open the Door will change all that. The writers not only give teachers permission to approach the teaching of poetry through a fresh portal; they also provide clear directions for finding that elusive door in the wall. This is a GPS for both the poetically challenged and anyone in search of new word horizons." —Carol Jago,past president, National Council of Teachers of English

"An invaluable resource." —Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938073298
Publisher:
McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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