Penny Kittle

Join our Book Study with Penny Kittle!

This book study is for literacy teachers, coaches, and administrators who are looking for a professional community to read, discuss, and grapple with the ideas and challenges of engaging and connecting the teaching and learning that happens within classrooms. Participants will have access to discussion boards, resources, and live sessions including time with Penny Kittle.

About the Book
Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher extend their work by taking a deep dive into four essential studies. Their aim is to move beyond compliance and formula, and to develop students’ agency, independence, and decision-making skills. These four practices, they argue, have the power to transform students’ relationships with literacy. A central belief underlies each of the four studies- that composing involves choosing, picking among options. That’s what this book does- it shows how teacher demonstrations- the skillful use of mentor texts, effective feedback (and many other tools) can make choices possible. By reimaging how we teach essay, poetry, book clubs, and digital composition, we can open the door to more engaged, connected, and challenging learning. To learn more about the book and to purchase visit

Introduction: Who is Making the Decisions
Chapter 1: Teaching the Essay as an Art Form
Chapter 2: Book Clubs: The Best Teacher of Reading is the Reading
Chapter 3: Poetry: The Potential for Unexpected Things
Chapter 4: Digital Composition: Crossing Genre Boundaries