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One-Day Workshop:
Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina and Passion in Adolescent Readers

Presented by Penny Kittle

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Teachers of adolescents often ask, "How come so many students who loved reading in elementary school stop reading in middle and high school? How can I create authentic readers?"

Penny Kittle has asked these questions of her own middle and high school students for the last fifteen years and come to a deep understanding of what motivates adolescents to engage with books and sustain an interest in reading. Penny's quest to understand the factors behind adolescent disengagement has led her to design instruction differentiated for the wide range of abilities in her classes.

In this one-day workshop based on her book, Penny will suggest ways to deepen comprehension, increase nonfiction reading, and ultimately create independent, skilled readers who choose challenging texts and accelerate their own growth in reading. Participants will explore ways to heighten thinking through writing and how to teach into the intentions of students in conferences.

Book Love is a call to arms for putting every single student, no exceptions allowed, on a personal reading journey. It is a powerful reminder of why we became English teachers in the first place: our passion for books. We can't wait for anyone else to teach our students a love of books - it's up to us and the time is now.

Learning Objectives

  • See how adolescents' refusal to read impacts writing development
  • Learn to design classroom routines and expectations that nurture readers
  • Uncover ways to challenge readers through weekly goals and identifying reach books
  • Review how to lead students to closely read poetry, nonfiction, and essays
  • Discover how to craft book talks that inspire students to take responsibility for building a reading life
  • Use writing to increase students' ability to respond thoughtfully and analytically to their reading
  • Learn methods to confer with readers to measure investment, growth, and the ability to independently use comprehension strategies across genres
  • Understand how to build a school's commitment to reading

About the Presenter

Penny Kittle is a high school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, and a K-12 literacy coach for the Conway School District. Penny has taught full-time in grades 3-12 and for the last four years in the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institutes for teachers. Penny speaks on topics in reading and writing throughout the United States and Canada. She has been a teacher in residence in several states, co-teaching and planning alongside teachers. Penny stands on the belief that intentional teaching in a reading and writing workshop brings the greatest student investment and learning in a classroom.

Penny was named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE. She has authored five books, including Write Beside Them, which won the NCTE James Britton Award in 2009, Inside Writing, co-authored with Donald Graves, and Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers. Penny was a columnist for Voices from the Middle, an NCTE publication, for six years. She most recently co-edited (with Thomas Newkirk) a collection of Donald Graves' writing titled Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades 6-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Early Bird Special!

Registrations must be received by September 23, 2016 to qualify for the early bird rate of $199 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/05/2016 - Charlotte, NC
12/09/2016 - Portland, OR

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