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The Concept of Identity Lesson 1: Close Reading/Socratic Seminar
John Knowles' A Separate Peace provides readers with an opportunity to develop their close reading and analytical skills as they look for what Knowles feels are the factors that shape our identity.
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 10: Author's Purpose Seminar
Why did Chinua Achebe write "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness" in response to Conrad's novel? As part of a study of Things Fall Apart, class members conduct a socratic seminar focused on Achebe's purpose and...
10th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Socratic Seminar on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail
Key in the struggle to gain the rights of democratic citizenship was the April 1963 arrest of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil disobedience. To deepen their knowledge and understanding of events during the civil rights movement,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Milkweed: Questioning Strategy-Socratic Seminar
After completing Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli, involve your class in a Socratic seminar. This plan describes how to arrange the desks for a conducive discussion, it lists questions to propose, and it includes a tracker for listeners to...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Exploring The American Dream
What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This instructional activity focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed