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Stahl, Norman A., 1949-

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B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

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Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


Aesthetic response to literature is a crucial goal of reading at any grade level. Through literature circles and response activities, students can begin to develop the necessary skills needed to create aesthetic reading experiences. This capstone includes a literature review highlighting the relevancy and benefits of literature circles and response activities have on intermediate students and their overall reading and aesthetic reading skills. Based on these findings, I implemented literature circles and aesthetic response activities into a fifth grade classroom in Rockford, Illinois. Six novels were used in small groups of five to six students. Through literature circles, aesthetic reading skills were enhanced as well as cooperative learning, reading, reading and communication skills. The research, observations, and student work samples clearly support the benefits that literature circles and response activities have on students' ability to make aesthetic connections to literature.


Includes bibliographical references.


109 unnumbered pages




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