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