Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Joe Schomer

Second Committee Member

Gail Goss

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this study was to create a reading program which encourages student-led discussion, exposes students to a variety of genres, and develops higher-level thinking. Strategies for using literature as the foundation of a reading program were examined. Evidence from the review of literature indicated that participation in literature response groups encouraged choice, social interaction, and promoted a deeper level of understanding. Instructional strategies, techniques, planning, and the role of the instructor in a literature program were dis.:ussed.