Socratic Circles (also known as Socratic Discussions or Fishbowl Discussions) teach students to discuss and analyze a text at a deeper level. These discussions are completely student led, with the students asking and answering questions. Students are also required to use textual evidence to support their opinions and analysis.
Socratic Circles are excellent for analyzing all types of texts (novels, short stories, poems, fiction, nonfiction, and even visual texts such as paintings or comics).
This activity also has students self-assess their own performance in the Socratic Circle as well as observe and provide feedback for a partner.
✓ Two high-quality PowerPoint presentations
✓ PDF copies of PowerPoint presentations
✓ Peer Evaluation
✓ Directions for generating high quality questions
✓ Generating questions graphic organizer
✓ Rubric for grading the Socratic Circle
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