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Workshop with Penny Kittle: Practices to Engage and Empower Readers and Writers

Workshop Overview

We need layers of teaching to effectively reach all students. Independent writers do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful practices and the knowledge to enact key principles for motivation: relevance, engagement, and success. This workshop will provide teachers with tools and strategies to scaffold the skills readers and writers need to make independent decisions as they read and produce increasingly sophisticated texts. We will consider a predictable progression of skills necessary for students to become critical, thoughtful readers and writers.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Increase volume, capacity, and complexity for all readers over time
  • Understand the wide range of books that appeal to teenagers
  • Create a balance of weekly goals in independent reading, text study, and novel study in English class
  • Use short text study to lead students to read rhetorically and broaden the genres they choose to read
  • Increase the effectiveness of reading conferences
  • Help students deepen their thinking through writing about independent reading
  • Build a school culture & summer reading focused on the love of books
  • Lead students to write, reread, and revise their words and deepen their thinking as a daily practice
  • Use sentence study to deepen understanding of grammar & conventions
  • Guide students to flexible thinking in writing through regular, purposeful conferences.

Timetable

08:30-10:00 - Session 1: Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers.
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 2: Use short text study to lead students to read rhetorically.
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 - Session 3: Lead students to write, reread, and revise their words and deepen their thinking as a daily practice.
14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break
14:45-16:30 - Session 4: Guide students to flexible thinking in writing through regular, purposeful conferences.

About Penny Kittle

Penny Kittle teaches high school English and is a K-12 literacy coach in North Conway, New Hampshire. Penny believes all students can be led to a deep engagement with literacy, given tools, thoughtful teaching, and the contagious passion of a teacher who reads and writes beside them. She is the author of six books, including Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers, and Write Beside Them, which won the James N. Britton Award from NCTE. She has just finished editing a collection of Donald Graves’ work with Tom Newkirk called Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children’s Writing. She co-authored Inside Writing and My Quick Writes with Donald Graves in 2005, and is also the author of two books of memoir, The Greatest Catch: a life in teaching and Public Teaching: one kid at a time. Penny was a regular columnist for the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle for six years. Penny teaches in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire and speaks on literacy issues throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia.

Workshop Details

Trainer: Penny Kittle

Who should attend: Teachers of literacy 4-12, literacy leaders, curriculum specialists, administrators

When: Saturday, 7 February, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Where: UWCSEA East Campus, Conference Centre (directions to the campus)
 

 

 

 

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