Date Approved

2-5-2018

Embargo Period

2-7-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Abraham, Stephanie

Second Advisor

Browne, Susan

Third Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Group reading; Books and reading

Disciplines

Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to document the changes in student achievement, motivation, and engagement. The specific aim is to see what happens when series books are discussed in literature circles. Engagement during literature circles, growth in reading level, and behaviors exhibited during the literature circle discussions are analyzed. The focus group of students demonstrated changes in their reading preferences and level of motivation to read texts. Implications for utilizing series books in literature circles are discussed.

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