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Socratic Seminar is a way to have a structured class discussion about a reading assignment or other topic of interest. The concept is based on Socrates' teaching methods and is an effective way to engage all students and to encourage multiple perspectives in a respectful environment. I use the following items in many of my Language Arts Classes to introduce the concepts of the Socratic Seminar, to execute the seminars, and to rate students' work. These materials can be easily adapted to fit other content areas. This resource is part of the English 10 course.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

english language arts socratic seminar discussion

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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English 10
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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
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 3, as of 2008-09-21.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

Based on the Socratic Method, this resource offers excellent worksheets to guide a class discussion in a given reading assignment. The resource includes a SMART notebook file to introduce the students to the Socratic Method and software to download to facilitate viewing the file. Moreover, the introductory material is also presented as a PPT, which is excellent. The content of the rest of the resource includes materials to prepare the student for discussion, emphasizing vocabulary building and use of quotations from the required reading. The worksheets engage and encourage students to express all points of view. The self evaluation piece at the end of a discussion offers an excellent opportunity for reflection. There is also an alternative worksheet for the student who misses the class discussion. The style of the Socratic Seminar elicits higher order thinking, questioning, acceptance of all ideas and reliance on text. This resource will contain all the necessary parts to lead a Socratic Seminar.
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Mr. Harpine .
August 15, 2009

Just like the other resources in this author's collection, this is a high quality resource that can be used without major modification. The fact that a high school resource can be so easily modified for younger children speaks to its quality.

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Melissa Walters
September 20, 2008

These documents and instructions give great guidance to discussion participants about some of the essential elements of Socratic Seminars: utilizing the text to support ideas and perspectives; conducting the discussion as a dialogue, not a debate, among participants; and developing questions that demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and evaluation over comprehension.

With some modifications, these materials would also be appropriate for classes at the middle school level.

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Christine Mytko
September 20, 2008

I work at an elementary school that embraces Socratic teaching. I am excited to adapt this protocol for use with younger students. I especially like the part where students reflect on the actions that make them an effective participant in the discussion (post evaluation).

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