Fun and engaging! Socratic seminar is an excellent way to infuse 21st century skills and higher order thinking skills into learning. This 62-slide, Common Core aligned PowerPoint resource with printables is a Socratic seminar featuring the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This poem is appropriate for spring, the end of the school year, and graduation time to facilitate discussions concerning endings and new beginnings. The resource includes a well-organized protocol for conducting a formal discussion or Socratic seminar based on Kipling’s 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:
*62 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
*Rudyard Kipling Background Information/Brief Writing Activity
*Socratic Seminar Goals
*Socratic Seminar Norms
*Poem: “If” by Rudyard Kipling
*2 Pre-Seminar Independent Thinking Printables
*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 Activity Slides related to “If” poem
*Time Keeper Responsibilities
*Inner Circle Responsibilities
*Outer Circle Responsibilities
*Leader Questions for “If” 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
*Subordinating Conjunction Language Activity
*Post Seminar: Making Connections with Images Writing Assignment 1
*Post Seminar: Humility (Are you humble?) Questions 1-4, Writing Assignment 2
*Post Seminar: Literary Devices / Paragraph Writing Choice A or B Writing Assignment 3
*Post Seminar: Create a Stanza Writing Activity 4
*Exit Ticket Text Evidence Summary Template
*Entry Ticket Text Evidence Summary Template
*44 Seating and Participation Assignment Cards for Socratic Seminar
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Socratic Seminar and Activities: Poetry Analysis of “If” by Rudyard Kipling
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