This is the story of one middle school teacher’s journey of implementing literature circles with English language learners. Theory and research suggest that literature circles are valuable and important for young adolescents yet many teachers are still skeptical about implementing them. During this three-month study 22 sixth graders, 12 of them English learners, were involved in reading and discussing books. Areas that helped this teacher become a believer in literature circles included: students were able to talk about books in the literature circles, students naturally discussed the major themes and literary elements, students made sense of the texts, and students were actively engaged and excited. In conclusion, implications for teachers and teacher educators are addressed.
Day, D., & Ainley, G. (2008). From Skeptic to Believer: One Teacher’s Journey Implementing Literature Circles. Reading Horizons, 48 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol48/iss3/3