Socratic Seminar

This Socratic Seminar activity & project also includes:

If you're interested in implementing Socratic seminars into your classroom, then you definitely don't want to miss this fantastic resource. Here you'll find an outline of the basic seminar procedure, differentiation strategies, student handouts, and a list of the 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 ELLs and general language development
  • All graphic organizers and worksheets needed for seminar are included
  • Includes a document of common problems in a Socratic seminar and suggested solutions to address those problems should they occur
Cons

  • None