This lesson plan is a comprehensive guide to introducing, applying, and assessing an authentic Socratic seminar in your English classroom! Although the content was originally built around the play "Death of a Salesman," the handouts can be modified and adapted for other reading selections. The handouts contain: background information on a Socratic seminar, 18 questions relating to themes in the book (and broken up by three groups, to accommodate for class size), rubrics for assessment, observation notes, and a write-up reflection for the students to complete either in class or as a homework assignment. All activities reflect current skills necessary for success in the classroom and beyond: critical thinking, writing, reading, and oral presentation.
Note: Two of the seminar questions refer back to an earlier reading by Arthur Miller that the students read in anticipation to Death of a Salesman. The full text, Tragedy and the Common Man, can be found online for free. The activity that the students completed after reading it are available for purchase. If this is not a desired addition to your unit, the questions are editable through the Word document, and can be replaced.