This curriculum guide is perfect for high school ELA teachers who are hoping to have a classroom discussion after or during reading a text. I've included: explanations of how to run the discussion, handouts, assessment tools, and easy to access standards.
I hope you can use the following pages to help you plan your Socratic discussions. I know there are a million different ways to do run a Socratic seminar, but I find that my method is inclusive and allows for all students to be engaged and share their knowledge, even if a few are painfully shy. I teach in a classroom with many different cultural backgrounds, and some of those cultures aren’t used to jumping into an active discussion or some students are filled with anxiety.
It doesn’t mean they aren’t knowledgeable in the content, so sometimes, when I’ve decided I don’t need to force the talking in front of the class issue, I am okay with students showing their learning in other ways. I also assess using two standards: a discussion and content standard. This allows me to fully accurately capture student learning. Early in my teaching career I realized during discussions I was dinging students’ summative grades for being quiet and not for their content knowledge. Often times, after the discussion, these students who were quiet realize they had lots of ideas to share and “wish they would’ve spoken.” By doing the discussion a second time, they can prove to themselves they can do it!
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