This free download from English Love includes instructions for students to prepare for a socratic seminar over a piece of literature. Students are required to create questions about the literature which span from lower to higher-order thinking.
These instructions ensure that each student will be well-prepared to participate thoughtfully in discussion. Included are also instructions for a post-seminar reflection, which helps students think metacognitively about the strengths and weaknesses of the seminar and of their contributions.
These instructions may be used at any level from 9-12th grade, and although they were created for the language arts classroom, they have also been successfully used in other subjects, such as history.