Socratic Seminar Format Overview

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Whether new to the Socratic seminar format or an experienced veteran of the popular discussion technique, you'll find much to like in a five-page, richly detailed packet that not only details the prep necessary, the process, and the responsibilities of the two groups, but also provides notes of variations of the format.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource to introduce the socratic seminar format to high school classes in all subject areas
  • Model how to craft questions appropriate for socratic seminar discussions
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for a discussion of Robert Frosts' poems, the format details are appropriate for any socratic seminar
  • Includes a list of questions for the observation cards
  • Provides a list of Frost's poems that can be paired with other works
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