The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi is a novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the tragic lives and deaths of the members of the feuding Hatfield and McCoy clans in West Virginia and Kentucky.
This PDF file of Socratic Seminar Questions contains thirty-eight carefully crafted queries on ten pages. The first nine pages contain four questions each. An additional tenth page contains two summary questions which require more detailed responses from the students. All of the questions can be used to facilitate in-class discussions about the novel.
The Socratic Seminar Questions can also be used for other purposes, such as homework assignments or classroom quizzes, and the pages will help teachers gauge whether or not the students have read and understand the specific sections of the novel.
It is my hope that these Socratic Seminar Questions will be helpful to teachers who present The Coffin Quilt to their students, and I believe that the questions will help students develop critical thinking skills in English and Language Arts as they read Ann Rinaldi’s historical novel The Coffin Quilt.