Rather than providing questions I would like students to discuss during Socratic Seminar, students bring their own questions for discussion in my classroom. During the the lesson prior to the discussion, students critically read and annotate the short story, poem, or passage from a novel that they will be discussing. After, students use this guide to help them write questions that we will discuss during our three rounds of Socratic Seminar. Students are encouraged to write two of each kind of question.
The day of the discussion, the desk are arranged with a circle of pilots in the center. Each pilot has two co-pilots that form the outer circle. In trios, students share their questions with one another and the pilots select questions to bring to the discussion circle. The 30 minute discussion is organized in the following way:
Round 1: Text and Author Based Questions - 10 min
Round 2: Author and Reader/Real World Based - 10 min
Round 3: Reader/Real World Based - 10 min
At the start of each round, a co-pilot takes the pilot seat until all students in the trio have had an opportunity to participate verbally in the discussion.