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Teaching the Essay as an Art Form

Presented By Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

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Date and Time

Three 75-minute webinar sessions from 5:45pm to 7:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


We read essays every day. The subjects range from sports, to music, politics, love, place, art, and life. These essays draw us in; they are varied, descriptive, vibrant. They are real. And yet, these are not the kind of essays students typically write in secondary schools. Writing essays should empower students to make decisions, to show their thinking, to interrogate their sources, to have their say, and to take action. This webinar will empower you to design a unit in essay writing centered on freedom, possibility, and the art of essay writing.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand the forms of an essay
  • Increase the volume of ungraded writing practice to support essay writing
  • Collect a stack of essays to study as a class


  • Model decision-making in essay writing
  • Study essays from whole to parts
  • Develop a practice of passage study and imitation


  • Analyze and create digital essays
  • Create writing groups to support the writing process
  • Assess and grade essays

About the Presenters

Kelly Gallagher taught for thirty-five years at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. He is the author of several books on adolescent literacy. Kelly's latest book, cowritten with Penny Kittle, is 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.

Penny Kittle teaches freshman writers at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for thirty-four years. She is the author of Book Love and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award from National Council of Teachers of English, as well as two memoirs of teaching. She is the coauthor of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents, with Kelly Gallagher. She also coauthored two books with her mentor, Don Graves. She is the founder and president of the Book Love Foundation, which annually gives classroom libraries to teachers throughout North America.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades 5-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this three-part webinar series is $95.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/02/2021-12/16/2021 - Starts December 2, 2021- 5:45-7:00pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 12/02/2021 - 12/16/2021* Where: Online

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