Socratic seminar is an excellent and engaging way for students to practice higher order thinking skills. This 56-slide PowerPoint resource with printables is a Socratic seminar featuring the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. The resource includes a well-organized protocol for conducting a formal discussion or Socratic seminar based on Hughes’ poem. On Day 1 and Day 2 students complete several poetry, writing, and vocabulary pre-seminar activities designed to help them engage in an effective seminar. On Day 3, 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 4, Day 5, and Day 6 students engage in a seminar debriefing and complete post seminar reflection, self-assessments, writing assignments, and a recitation activity related to the seminar topics and Hughes’ poem. The resource is appropriate for middle school, high school, and adult learners. An agenda is included for Days 1-6.
All of the following are included in this resource:
*56 Slides with Teaching Notes underneath Slides
*Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
*Teacher Preparation Slides for Days 1-6
*Agendas for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6
*Socrates Background Information/Brief Writing Activity
*Langston Hughes Background Information/Brief Writing Activity
*Socratic Seminar Goals
*Socratic Seminar Norms
*Poem: “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes
*Pre-Seminar Independent Thinking Printable
*Pre-Seminar Critical Thinking Questions Printable
*Poetry Scramble with Three Tasks
*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
*3 Vocabulary/Language Activities related to “Mother to Son” poem
*Time Keeper Responsibilities
*Inner Circle Responsibilities
*Outer Circle Responsibilities
*Leader Questions for “Mother to Son” 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
*Colloquial Language Activity
*Post Seminar: Creating Metaphors Writing Assignment 1
*Post Seminar: Literary Devices and Theme Student Choice A or B Writing Assignment 2
*Post Seminar: Short Story based on Poem Writing Assignment 3
Post Seminar: Create a Poem based on “Mother and Son” Choice A or B Writing Assignment 4
*44 Seating and Participation Assignment Cards for Socratic Seminar
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Socratic Seminar and Activities: Mother to Son, a Poem by Langston Hughes
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