This document contains everything a student would need for a Socratic Seminar. You could print this off as a complete packet and lead the students through the process. One of the most frustrating things for a teacher, especially for middle school students, is their lack of background knowledge. Without ever having addressed the topic you can introduce, prepare, and discuss based upon everything in this packet.
Included in this Document:
*Bell Ringer - Introduces the topics to students and asks rigorous non-fiction comprehension questions
*Hook Exercise - Sparks student's thoughtful discussion.
*Background Information - Introduces basic arguments to the students.
*Socratic Seminar Prep Sheet - Used in order to plan their arguments and prepare for the discussion
*Socratic Seminar Reflection Sheet - Can be used as homework or an in class reflection