This resource (part of my Blood on the River Novel Unit
) is a Socratic seminar that I do with my gifted students after they have read Elisa Carbone's Jamestown novel Blood on the River. The document contains 15 open-ended questions to get students talking; there are introductory questions about general themes in the novel, specific questions about the novel's characters and events, and closing questions to help students make connections to themselves and the modern world.
These questions are meant to be used as a unit (for me it takes almost a whole class period, and I usually have to cut the discussion short so the kids have time to move their desks out of the Socratic circle), but if you don't have a whole bell, you can chunk them for use over several days or just choose to discuss the most interesting questions. I recommend choosing at least one question from the beginning, middle, and end to give your seminar a logical structure!
At the bottom of the page, there is also a follow-up writing activity, which you can use to evaluate each student's individual understanding of the novel.
**Teaching Blood on the River? This resource is part of the Blood on the River Novel Bundle.
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