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    • Socratic Seminars
    • What is a Socratic Seminar?
      A Socratic seminar is a way of teaching founded by the Greek philosopher Socrates.
      Socrates believed that:
      students learn best by asking questions.
      It is the teacher’s job to moderate the discussion instead of leading the discussion.
    • Why do we have Socratic Seminars
      Socratic Seminars help us engage a text in class.
      The thought process is when we work together to understand a text it will help everyone’s understanding.
    • How do we prepare for a Socratic Seminar?
      The day prior to the seminar you will be given a Socratic Seminar prep sheet. Your job is to complete steps 1 – 4 for homework.
      It is essential you read the text and prepare yourself with important questions and quotations.
    • What type of questions should I ask during the seminar?
      There are three levels of questions.
      You should come up with a minimum of 1 question per level.
    • Level 1 (Knowledge Questions):
      Knowledge means being able to show understanding by talking, writing, signing, drawing.
      Please use the following stems in creating your Knowledge Questions:
      Can you state, in your own words?
      Can you describe?
      Can you defend your position?
      Can you summarize the information?
    • Level II (Application Questions):
      Applicationmeans supporting your ideas with evidence.
      Please use the following stems in creating your Application Questions:
      Explainhow …
      Explainwhy …
      Interpretthe reasons …
      Compare and contrast …
      Connect and explain …
    • Level III (Synthesis Questions):
      Synthesis means combining or connecting two different elements.
      In terms of the Socratic Seminar you will be connecting two texts with each other OR connecting a text to the outside world.
    • Level III (Synthesis Questions) Continued
      Please use the following stems in creating your Synthesis Questions:
      Imagine …
      What would happen if …?
      Hypothesize …
      Theorize …
      How is Text similar to Outside World?
    • What will the seminar look like?
      The classroom will be arranged in a two concentric circles.
      You will be assigned to either seminar A or seminar B.
      You will be assigned a partner in the opposite seminar.
      If I am in seminar A my partner will be in seminar B
      Mr. Sun-K will be facilitating, but NOT participating in the seminar.
    • What’s the deal with partners?
      If I am in Seminar B, I will be sitting in the outside circle taking notes for my partner who is in the inner circle participating in the Seminar A.
      Then we will switch. I will participate in the seminar and my partner will take notes for me.
      We will be switching notes at the end of each seminar to be used for Step 5 of the Socratic Seminar Prep Sheet.
    • How does the discussion work in a seminar?
      The seminar is to serve as a discussion, not a lecture. Just like in a casual conversation, no one begins the conversation, a conversation begins naturally.
    • Seminar Guidelines
      Please listen and look at each other when you speak.
      One person speaks at a time.
      Each person will have a chance to ask a question.
      Respond to the person who asks the question.
      Use evidence from the text to support yourself.
      Always treat each other with mutual respect.
    • How will I be assessed on the seminar?
      By completing the seminar prep sheet. (30 pts).
      By contributing to the conversation following these guidelines:
      - Aska question.
      Respondto a question.
      Cite evidence from the text.
      All three requirements: 30 points.
      Two requirements: 20 points.
      1 requirement:10 points.
      No requirements: 0 points.
    • What do we need to do after the seminar?
      The last 5 - 10 minutes of class on the day of a seminar:
      Please complete step 5 of the prep sheet using your notes from your partner as a reference. Please staple your partner’s notes to the back of your prep sheet and turn it in the “In-Box.”
    • Please stand for Think On Your Feet