Lesson Plan


Preparation for a Socratic seminar on Gandhi. 1) Students practice evaluating attempts to paraphrase. 2) Students act out sample Socratic seminar (script provided) and the other students evaluate each participant on a provided rubric. Objective: 11. I will be able to participate actively and intelligently in my first historical Socratic seminar. Essential Question: "What is it that makes someone powerful?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


gandhi india nonviolence socratic seminar



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-06-23.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This is one lesson in a series on Gandhi’s life and the independence movement in India. The assignment is the third step in preparing for a Socratic seminar that is designed for the end of the unit. Although the first two pages of the lesson are classroom specific, the rest of the materials are very useful. They include an activity that helps students learn to paraphrase (powerpoint must be downloaded separately), a sample seminar dialogue with scoring guides, and the third section of Gandhi’s letter that could be used as independent practice in class or at home. Overall, this is a valuable resource that challenges students to work on their analytical and communication skills in the context of studying Gandhi. While the activity is focused on Gandhi, the format of the Socratic seminar is one that could be used with many other topics in a Social Studies course.

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