CRITICAL THINKING ACTIVITIES
PERFECT PAIRING: NIETZSCHE'S ZARATHUSTRA and SOCRATIC SEMINAR
THERE IS A 20% discount - ZARATHUSTRA'S PROLOGUE (6 PAGES) IS INCLUDED IN BOTH FILES
This is part of a bundled unit - you will find the bundle here:
• SOCRATIC SEMINAR, VISUAL AND INTERPRETIVE NOTE-TAKING - COMBINED
This self-contained unit may be used with any text.
I have used Socratic Seminars for a couple of years now and find them to be a fantastic way to get students engaged with the material. My students have always enjoyed participating in them and ask why they cannot do them more often! This unit is easily adaptable to any text. THIS UNIT HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH MANY NEW FEATURES!
In the original file you will find:
→EIGHT pre-seminar cards
→TWO post-seminar cards
→My instructions to my students
→An example of a student markup
→A copy of the pre-seminar questions as a PDF
In the new file you will find:
→THREE pre-seminar cards (as task cards)
→THREE pre-seminar cards (in Google Slides)
→Instructions to my students (in Google Slides)
→New teacher instructions - the new way I do Socratic Seminars
→Student examples of answers to the three slides
→Student examples of Visual Notetaking during the Socratic Seminar (five pages)→TWO new examples of student markups - Interpretive Note-taking (six pages)
❤️BONUS: New examples using the first Chapters of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra (PDF)
❤️BONUS: The first four Chapters of Zarathustra are included (a separate PDF). These Chapters work extremely well in my classes. I decided to include them so that the product is complete and ready to go if needed. Furthermore, this section of Zarathustra covers some very interesting ideas including environmentalism, religion, the Superman, and more. If you would like more information on Zarathustra I have a unit on TpT here:
• Higher Order Thinking Skills/High School HOTS #1 Nietzsche (Non-fiction)
• CRITICAL THINKING: SOCRATES AND THE INSANITY DEFENSE
• Socratic Method - Dialectics - GOOGLE SLIDES
• SOCRATIC SEMINAR, VISUAL AND INTERPRETIVE NOTE-TAKING - COMBINED
• Google Slides/Google Classroom - Socratic Seminar
➿Higher Order Thinking Skills/High School HOTS #1 Nietzsche (Non-fiction)
Higher Order Thinking Skills for High School students
The Great Books
Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra (small extract only)
Critical Reading and Writing
HIGH SCHOOL HOTS!
This is a self-contained unit on higher order thinking skills/textual analysis. Everything you need is here.
MOVE AWAY FROM GENERIC QUESTIONS AND INTO TEXT-BASED ASSIGNMENTS WITH THIS UNIT ON CRITICAL THINKING, READING, AND WRITING
You don’t need to teach entire works, just short excerpts of the Great Books, to engage students in complex, higher-order thinking and other skills deemed essential in the new CCSS guidelines.
ANALYZING THE GREAT BOOKS: Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra (small extract only)
Thus Spake Zarathustra is a fantastic text to engage your students in philosophical questions.
They will immediately recognize some of Nietzsche’s concepts: the superman or Ubermensch; God is dead; contempt for the herd.
Take part in the “Big Ideas” spoken about in the new CCSS guidelines; this unit will help guide your students through this difficult, yet accessible, text.
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
✺A brief introduction
✺FOUR PAGES OF TEACHER NOTES
✺Information on how I use the text
✺CCSS related information on text complexity
✺A multiple choice test (based upon the included reading) with answers (in the main file and as a separate PDF)
✺Critical Lens Quotation Practice (in the main file and as a separate PDF)
✺Some information on Nietzsche in popular culture
✺Chapters 1 to 4 of the Prologue from Thus Spake Zarathustra (in the main file and as a separate PDF)
✺Essay Questions (10 main with another 10+ sub-questions) (in the main file and as a separate PDF).
These are aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 9-12 (see below). The answers to these questions are provided.
Thus Spake Zarathustra is sometimes called a philosophical novel; however, it is hard to define categorically. It is undoubtedly one of the most interesting philosophical texts ever written; it is rich in allegory, imagery, symbolism, and many other literary elements. It is rife with ambiguity; it is perplexing, oracular, and equivocal; hence, a wonderful work to explore – especially in a classroom.
The ELA Common Core State Standards require students to learn how to read texts carefully:
“As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.” English Language Arts Standards | Home | English Language Arts
• Higher Order Thinking Skills/High School HOTS #2 (THE REPUBLIC)
• VISUAL NOTETAKING
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