Your students can learn to enjoy poetry! My high school English teacher, Kerstin VanDervoort, taught me to love poetry. I’m so grateful to her—it changed my life!

It’s so much easier to teach poetry when your students enjoy it. I taught English for a long time, and if your students are like mine, they don’t want much to do with poetry.

With five years of classroom use of Stairs Appear, including in Pearson textbooks, we can say confidently that students like and respond well to this poetry.

High Quality, Pushcart Prize-winning poetry (“The Book of Fly” 2021 – The Pushcart Prize is the highest honor a a poem can win in America – like the Oscars of Poetry.)

Each poem is like a Twilight Zone episode. Published in top venues. Illustrated by Marvel Comics legend Bob Hall + 8 others!

Imagine your students looking forward to a poetry lesson!


Middle School to College

Professionally Developed

Enjoy these FREE downloadable PDF guides for your classrooms, filled with objective-based lesson plans, discussion questions, and additional information.

Click on the images on the right to get your copies!

In addition to these lesson plans, in the back of The  Book of Fly, after the comics section, the poems are laid out in text-only format. Additionally, commentary by the author on aspects and techniques of the poem can be used for teaching with or without the lesson plans.