If you haven't read Patrick Ness's "A Monster Calls," do it now! This is the perfect organizer to use for an end of the novel Socratic Seminar. Students will pull evidence from the text to engage in a higher-level, student-led discussion about the reality of the Yew Tree/ Monster. You may also add in a supplemental informational text on topics of grief or the scientific properties of the yew tree.
Students love this opportunity to share their ideas as they unpack the text to look for symbolism and subtext in the heart-grabbing story of Conor and his monster.
-Student Information Handout
-Textual Evidence Graphic Organizer
-Peer Observation Guide
-Teacher Grading Mini-Rubrics
Students should have finished the text and will need a good preview on the rules of Socratic Seminar. I usually spend a class period on Socratic Seminar guidelines and a class period on completing the graphic organizer as they prepare questions from the text or multiple texts if you choose.
The peer observation is for the outside circle to use as they observe their partner in the inner circle.
The mini-rubrics are an easy way for the teacher to assess. I put the sheet on a clipboard, use tally marks as the students are discussing and cut them out afterwards.
Students will be begging for more Socratic Seminars! Give your students the speaking power!