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Socratic Seminar Helpful Documents

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Adult Education
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9 pages
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  1. Socratic Seminars and Philosophical Chairs are both engaging, student-centered activities that encourage students to think critically and discuss complex topics. Both of these activities teach students to dialogue in mature and meaningful ways.
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Socratic Seminars are great but require a lot of preparation. These handouts will help the process go as smoothly as possible. I originally created these printables for my English classroom.

Included in this packet:

  • Teacher Overview Page
  • Student Overview Handout
  • Worksheet for Brainstorming Questions & Discussion Topics (and compiling textual evidence)
  • Student Handout with lists of Generic Questions and Questions to Move the Discussion Along
  • Pair-Share Worksheet (with directions for teacher use on the Teacher Overview Page)
  • Group Activity Worksheet for Establishing Group Norms
  • Student Reflection Worksheet for after the Socratic Seminar
  • Makeup Assignment for absent students

Related Product: Philosophical Chairs - Student and Teacher Resources

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
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