2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Literature Circles: How Student Choice Impacts Engagement


Satiah R. Duval♦
Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara Price, and Dr. Sarah Day, Faculty Mentors

The phrase “I hate reading” is comparative to a virus, spreading and infecting students at startlingly early ages. While there are many factors that promote these feelings, I wholeheartedly believe a major contributing factor is that reading is far too often a mandatory prescription instead of an exciting exploration. By using educational practices such as literature circles, students are provided the opportunity to have a choice in the material they read which has an immense impact on their engagement in both the text and their learning as a whole. Because the structure of literature circles is immensely malleable, it can be adapted in a variety of circumstances, even a global pandemic! This research outlines the process of implementing literature circles in a suburban high school setting and how, despite the current crisis in the world, student choice in reading can affect engagement in the classroom.

Keywords: Literature , Circle, Choice, Reading

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 9-8
Location: https://flipgrid.com/4edc694a
Time: 0:00

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