Socratic seminar is an excellent and engaging way for students to practice higher order thinking skills. This 62-slide PowerPoint resource with printables is a Socratic seminar featuring the poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. The resource includes a well-organized protocol for conducting a formal discussion or Socratic seminar based on Poe’s poem. On Days 1-3 students complete several analysis, critical thinking, and writing activities as well as vocabulary pre-seminar activities designed to help them engage in an effective seminar. On Day 4, the students engage in a formal discussion of the poem. The student leader asks open-ended questions while the inner circle participants listen closely to the comments of their peers, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and responses to the thoughts of others. Students chosen for the outer circle observe the inner circle participants or leader using rubrics designed to focus the observations. All students practice 21st century skills as they learn to work cooperatively and to question intelligently and civilly. On Day 5, Day 6, and Day 7 students engage in a seminar debriefing and complete a post seminar reflection, self-assessments, writing assignments, and recitation activity related to the seminar topics and Poe’s poem. The resource is appropriate for middle school, high school, and adult learners. An agenda is included for Days 1-7.
All of the following are included in this resource:
*62 Slides with Teaching Notes underneath Slides
*Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
*Teacher Preparation Slides for Days 1-7
*Agendas for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7
*Socrates Background Information/Brief Writing Activity
*Edgar Allan Poe Background Information/Brief Writing Activity
*Socratic Seminar Goals
*Socratic Seminar Norms
*Poem: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
*2 Pre-Seminar Independent Thinking Poem Analysis Printables
*Pre-Seminar Critical Thinking Questions Printable
*Four Post Seminar Activities with 5 Writing Choices
*3 Slides with Quick Writes Using Quotes Related to the Poem
*23 Example Socratic Seminar Question Stems
*Seminar Debriefing Activity and Questions
*Post Seminar Recitation Activity with Rubric
*Room Arrangement Options
*2 Vocabulary Slides for “Annabel Lee”
*Time Keeper Responsibilities
*Inner Circle Responsibilities
*Outer Circle Responsibilities
*Leader Questions for “Annabel Lee” Socratic Seminar
*Socratic Seminar Sentence Starters
*Outer Circle Observation Checklist Printable
*Inner Circle Self-Assessment and Reflection Printable
*Observation of Leader Checklist Printable
*Teacher Evaluation of Seminar Option 1 Printable
*Teacher Evaluation of Seminar Option 2 Printable
*Prepositional Phrases: Language Skill and Poetry Connection Activity
*Internal and End Rhyme Task
*Post Seminar: Visual Art Connection Activity
*Post Seminar: Five Stages of Grief, Writing Assignment 2
*Post Seminar: Literary Devices / Paragraph Writing Choice A or B Writing Assignment 3
*Post Seminar: Get the G.I.S.T. Generating Interactions between Schemata & Text
*44 Seating and Participation Assignment Cards for Socratic Seminar
*Time Line of Events in Poe’s Life, a connection activity with the poem
*Action Plan for 21st Century Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking Skills
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Socratic Seminar and Activities: Poetry Analysis of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
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