Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Group reading; Literature--Study and teaching (Elementary);


The purpose of this project was to examine Literature Circles for their effectiveness with struggling readers in upper elementary classrooms and reading rooms. Research questions include, what is the impact of Literature Circles on struggling readers in upper elementary grades? and, what scaffolds help struggling readers be successful in Literature Circles?

The literature review defines Literature Circles in their various forms, and details how to begin using this method in the classroom with groupings including struggling readers. Procedures and scaffolds are identified that have had proven results with struggling readers through various research methods. Ideas for teacher assessment, self-assessment and peer assessment are included. A Literature Circle Four Day Workshop for Title I teachers presents this information in PowerPoint format. Research indicates that Literature Circles can be effective for struggling readers when teachers encourage discussion and debate, and when scaffolds and an atmosphere of trust are present in the classroom.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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