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
4: About/Teaching the Unit
5 - 7: Core Standards Met
8: The Socratic Seminar
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
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