Adapting Socratic Seminar: Senior Project Reflection

Grades 9-12 / ELA / ELL
CCSS: ELA.SL.11-12.1a

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12


11th & 12th Grades


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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Lesson Objective

Reflect on research project and presentation


9 minutes

Questions to Consider

  • How did Ms. Paraiso adapt the Socratic Seminar format?
  • What strategies does Ms. Paraiso use to help English Language Learners?
  • Why is it helpful to look at everyone's feedback before looking at individual feedback?

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