Socratic Seminar for Biology: Bacteria, Is it Really Bad?
Socratic seminars are one of my very favorite lessons on Earth. The engagement and challenge is unmatched! It makes the curriculum relevant while teaching vital 21st century skills that students will use in the classroom and beyond. Believe me when I say this is something that students will continue talking about long after your class is over (even if they grumble and say they hate it at first because it’s hard or out of their comfort zones).
And if you’re looking to up the literacy practices in your classroom, this is your ticket. Reading, writing, speaking, AND listening all in one ENGAGING, REAL WORLD activity!
This particular Socratic seminar fits into the cells unit to dive deeper into prokaryotic cells & their importance/influence on Earth.
TOPIC: Bacteria. Sounds bad, right? How bad is it really?
DRIVING QUESTION: Do you think that prokaryotic cells are detrimental to the living world? What makes you think this? After reading the provided article and analyzing your additional sources, did your viewpoint change? Be prepared to thoroughly present and defend your position in the Socratic.
PLUS 4 ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING QUESTIONS
This product is NOT editable, but it includes:
- Teacher guide with suggested implementation
- Full print guide, implementation suggestions, grading example, etc.
- Student Socratic prep/outer circle packets (2 versions)
- Various differentiated student reflection handouts
- Socratic seminar sentence stems (inner circle "cheat sheet")
- Teacher tracking sheet (to help you observe and grade)
- Socratic seminar expectations poster/handout
- A sign for your door to decrease interruptions
There's 26 pages of ready to print and use materials to make a Socratic seminar work for your students' needs!
This resource has been designed as a “fishbowl” style Socratic seminar in which students participate in BOTH the inner and outer circles. The items contained within this resource don’t particularly make sense for a non-circle-switch implementation so please be sure you are aware of this upon purchase. I believe that this is a fairer way to implement a Socratic, especially since there are differentiation tools included to help each student be successful.
This lesson will likely take anywhere from 1-5 class days depending on how much time you offer students in class to complete the prep work vs. what you require to be completed at home. The Socratic itself can be as long or as short as your class period lasts. I've done it successfully in 45 minutes with a class of 30, but my preference would be to have more time or smaller class groups if possible (wishful thinking, I know)!
Please know that I do intend to create a growing bundle with lots of topics for Socratic seminars in Biology (and eventually other sciences, too). The goal for a growing bundle is mid-August.
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