Socratic Seminar

This Socratic Seminar activity & project also includes:

Interested in bringing Socratic seminars to your classroom? A thorough resource includes an outline of the basic seminar procedure, differentiation strategies, student handouts, and major steps that learners should take before, during, and after the seminar.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a seminar to cover a historical inquiry question or novel you are currently studying
  • Post the included sentence frames in a visible area so learners can easily refer to them while they are participating in the seminar
  • After hosting this activity multiple times, have learners take a look at the series of follow-up assessments they completed so they can see their progress
Pros

  • Includes both an excellent list of sentence frames and academic language scripts to support English learners and general language development
  • All graphic organizers and worksheets needed for discussion are included
  • Includes a document of common problems in a Socratic seminar and suggested solutions to address those problems should they occur
Cons

  • None