Socratic Seminars are an engaging way to have students wrestle with challenging texts and ideas, but they can be difficult to assess. This resource has students compose a quick write prior to the discussion to allow them to get their ideas down on paper. Following the discussion, students do another quick write to show how their thinking has changed as a result of the discussion. Included is a rubric that can be used to assess students during the discussion as well as their quick writes.
Although the document asks students to discuss theme, the question could easily be changed to address any topic appropriate for a Socratic Seminar. I also use this resource in my social studies classes when we do a DBQ. All I do is change the writing prompt (which changes the discussion prompt).
I have also included three different versions of the quick write page. The different versions provide different levels of scaffolds that may be helpful for some students.
This resource is editable so users are welcome to edit the pages to fit their needs.