Nothing But The Truth by Avi is a documentary novel that tells the story of student Philip Malloy and his homeroom teacher, Miss Margaret Narwin. Interesting things happen after Philip challenges Miss Narwin and the Harrison School District by singing The Star-Spangled Banner during homeroom, in violation of school policy.
This PDF file of Socratic Seminar Questions contains twenty-six carefully crafted queries on seven pages. The first six pages contain four questions each. An additional seventh page contains two summary questions which require more detailed responses from the students. All of the questions can be used to facilitate in-class discussions about the novel.
The Socratic Seminar Questions can also be used for other purposes, such as homework assignments or classroom quizzes, and the pages will help teachers gauge whether or not the students have read and understand the important ideas within the novel.
It is my hope that these Socratic Seminar Questions will be useful to teachers who present Nothing But The Truth to their students, and I believe that the questions will help students develop critical thinking skills in English and Language Arts as they read Avi’s unique novel, Nothing But The Truth.