Summer 8-13-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Stephanie Reid

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Laura Suckerman

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Caitlyn Bandy


The research question addressed in this project was, how can I ensure that effective conversations around tough text are occurring within middle school literature circles? It explores the role of literature circles within middle school classrooms. The capstone outlines the scaffolding provided for student success. Defined is the term “tough text” and how text can successfully be implemented with the use of discussion to promote effective conversations. The author documents the related research to identify and define best practice strategies to implement and support existing curriculums in a middle school. Created to be implemented school-wide as a supplement to existing curriculums in middle school classrooms, the curriculum provides additional text resources for teachers and students.


Curriculum, Literacy, Reading, Literature Circles

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