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Samurai Shortstop: Going Socratic for Understanding

Grade Levels
7th - 9th, Homeschool
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78 pages
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Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. If you don't like the preview, then it's not something you should purchase. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room. Also note that the answer keys are for quizzes only, NOT for the Socratic discussion questions.

In honor of a visiting Author in April, Alan Gratz, Wake Up Sunshine is bringing his fictional novel, Samurai Shortstop to the Socratic level. This simple and affordable literary guide is geared to motivate and encourage one's students to let their voice be heard, while improving their comprehension abilities.

In essence, a Socratic seminar follows the footsteps of the Greek philosopher, Socrates. Socrates used to teach his followers by asking thought-provoking questions. When conducted properly, the Socratic seminar can have wonderful

educational benefits including:

-reading, writing, speaking, and listening improvement

-motivational and confidence builder

-improve relationship skills while building a respectful culture

This literary guide is created to allow students to think at high levels, while allowing their voice to be heard by participating in Socratic discussions. While it’s up to each individual educator to decide on the best way to conduct discussions, I’ve shared what works best for my classroom. However, if your class structure demands a different setup, by all means, do what’s best for you.

**Before reading questions

1. Read assigned chapters

2. Conduct Socratic discussions

-opening questions (3)

-get to the heart questions (3)

-wrap it up questions (3)

3. Complete chapters quiz

Note: This routine will be followed for each of the grouped chapter sections of the story. When done, complete the closing question prompts.

**Included in the Guide

3: Terms of Use

4: About/Teaching the Unit

5 - 7: Core Standards Met

8: The Socratic Seminar

9: Recommendations

10: Group Setup

11 - 14: Assessment Materials

15: Before Reading Prompts

16: Optional Question Leads

17 - 21: Chapters 1 - 3 Questions and Quiz

22 - 26: Chapters 4 - 6 Questions and Quiz

27 - 31: Chapters 7 - 9 Questions and Quiz

32 - 36: Chapters 10 - 12 Questions and Quiz

37 - 41: Chapters 13 - 15 Questions and Quiz

42 - 46: Chapters 16 - 18 Questions and Quiz

47 - 51: Chapters 19 - 21 Questions and Quiz

52 - 56: Chapters 22 - 24 Questions and Quiz

57 - 61: Chapters 25 - 27 Questions and Quiz

62 - 66: Chapters 28 - 30 Questions and Quiz

67 - 71: Chapters 31 - 33 Questions and Quiz

72 - 76: Chapters 34 - 38 Questions and Quiz

77: Socratic Reflection

78: References

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Total Pages
78 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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