Socratic seminar is an excellent and engaging way for students to practice higher order thinking skills. This 32-slide PowerPoint resource with printables is a Socratic seminar featuring the poem “A Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. This resource includes a well-organized protocol for conducting a formal discussion or Socratic seminar based on Frost’s poem. On Day 1 students complete two activities designed to help them engage in an effective seminar. On Day 2, the students engage in a formal discussion of the poem. The student leader asks open-ended questions while the inner circle participants listen closely to the comments of their peers, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and responses to the thoughts of others. Students chosen for the outer circle observe the inner circle participants or leader using rubrics designed to focus the observations. All students practice 21st century skills as they learn to work cooperatively and to question intelligently and civilly. On Day 3, students complete reflections and writing assignments related to the seminar topics and Frost’s poem. The resource is appropriate for middle school, high school, and adult learners. The activities, most likely, will span 3-5 days.
All of the following are included in this resource:
*Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
*Teacher Preparation Slides for Days 1-3
*Day 1 Agenda, Day 2 Agenda, Day 3 Agenda
*Socrates Background Information
*Robert Frost Background Information
*Socratic Seminar Goals
*Socratic Seminar Norms
*“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
*Pre-Seminar Independent Thinking Printable
*Pre-Seminar Critical Thinking Questions Printable
*Room Arrangement Options
*Vocabulary in “The Road Not Taken”
*Time Keeper Responsibilities
*Inner Circle Responsibilities
*Outer Circle Responsibilities
*Leader Questions for “The Road Not Taken”
*Socratic Seminar Sentence Starters
*Outer Circle Observation Checklist Printable
*Inner Circle Self-Assessment and Reflection Printable
*Observation of Leader Checklist Printable
*Teacher Evaluation of Seminar Option 1 Printable
*Teacher Evaluation of Seminar Option 2 Printable
*Decision Making Process Writing Assignment 1
*Road Less Traveled Writing Assignment 2
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Social Studies Connection:
Decision making is a process that should be taught in all grades as many students have difficulty applying steps in the decision-making process. This resource helps teachers be more deliberate in teaching good decision making strategies. Students make connections between good decision making and Frost's poem through Socratic seminar. Included is a well-organized 32-slide protocol for conducting a seminar or discussion about good decision making and/or the poem's content.
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Keywords: A Road Not Taken; Robert Frost; close reading; Socratic seminar; Socratic method; collaborative learning; oral communication; rubrics
CCSS Aligned Socratic Seminar: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
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