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Get students discussing like mature adults with this packet filled with awesome examples of how to hold a conversation! Students will learn to ask meaningful questions and refer to each other by name while studying a novel. I use this for short stories, novels, films... it's very versatile!
This packet contains a teacher procedure sheet, grading materials, and student directions for a class learning to hold a Socratic Seminar with an inner and/or outer circle. You can use this for a short story unit, novel, or play study.
You will receive an instruction handout explaining how students should prepare before the seminar, how they should perform during it, and what they will do after. This packet is student friendly! Students on the outside circle will use Today's Meet, an interactive message board in which students can post comments and questions for inner circle participants to see while they discuss. You will have to project this on the overhead while the discussion is happening. Both circles are then getting an enriched experience! Look up TodaysMeet.com and create your classroom for students to start posting. Students then participate using their phones.
The teacher can also track discussion points and student progress using ClassDojo.com. The site is every easy to use!
Before: Create questions - chart included with explanations
During: How to participate and involve others in the discussion using question and statement stems
After: Reflections for both the inner and outer circles
Also included are two rubrics to grade student reading and question preparation before the seminar and a rubric for grading students during the discussion.
Tip: Hand out the outside circle observation form with the reflection on the bottom so students can keep track of their partner during discussion. For richer discussion, have outside circle participants use an interactive bulletin board or chat room to post their questions and comments. Project this so all students can see.
Also, the chart to grade during discussion can be pasted on to a separate sheet of paper for the teacher to track each student.