First Advisor

Henderson, Russell


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

103 pages


The increasing number of English language learners in mainstream classrooms continues to be one of the greatest challenges for educators. English language learners not only must learn the literacy skills necessary to be successful in American society, but they must also learn social and cultural skills. Literature circles are a successful way to improve comprehension skills while also providing English language learners with authentic social interactions. Many educators find literature circles to be an effective way to improve literacy, social, and cultural skills, yet they fail to implement them in their classroom. This research project will consist of a literature circle unit for fourth grade readers at the extending or fluency level of reading. This plan is based on (a) Colorado State Reading and Writing Standards, (b) a review of literature on literacy strategies and literature circles, and (c) personal experience.

Date of Award

Fall 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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