Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Tiffany Bockelmann


Literature Circles, Comprehension Strategies, Elementary


The purpose of this study was to research the effect of literature circles on the use of comprehension strategies during reading discussions. Example comprehension strategies that students used are based on visualizing, questioning, connections, and summarizing. The participants were 25 fifth graders within a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Three types of data sets were used which consisted of observations, student work, and a final survey. Students formed literature circles using a book of their choice from a given list provided by the researcher. Students had four weeks to read their novel and hold weekly discussions. During the literature circle discussions, the researcher recorded observations based on comprehension strategies. Students filled out guided role sheets as needed. Once the literature circles concluded, the researcher administered a final survey to students. The researcher analyzed the results and found that literature circles have a positive effect on the use and practice of comprehension strategies.



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