Literature circles undoubtedly foster literacy. Yet successful participation in literature circles requires social and emotional competence of students. This article presents findings from a study of a fifth-grade student who demonstrated social-emotional growth while participating in literature circles. Specifically, growth in intrapersonal and interpersonal skills such as self-management, social awareness, social metacognition, and empathy were evident. These findings suggest that literature circles not only foster literacy but also social-emotional learning.
Venegas, Elena M. “‘We Listened to Each Other’: Socioemotional Growth in Literature Circles.” The Reading Teacher, vol. 73, no. 2, 2019, pp. 149–59. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1002/trtr.1822.