Scaffolding for Socratic Seminar

Grades 11-12 / English / ELL
CCSS: ELA.SL.11-12.1a ELA.SL.11-12.4

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

1a

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-€“12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

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Content Conversations: Strategies for ELLs Series
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Lesson Objective

Use controversial texts and topics to engage students in conversation

Length

10 minutes

Questions to Consider

  • How does Ms. Paraiso use moral reasoning conversations to prepare students for socratic seminars later in the year?
  • How does Ms. Paraiso use technology to scaffold her instruction?
  • How does this conversation help students to engage with a challenging text, especially English Language Learners?

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Common Core Standards
ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.SL.11-12.4

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  • Lesson Plan: Moral Reasoning.PDF

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Scaffolding for Socratic Seminar

Grades 11-12 / English / Ell

Scaffolding for Socratic Seminar