Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word"

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Analysis
CCSS: ELA.RI.11-12.7 ELA.SL.11-12.1c ELA.SL.11-12.2

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RI

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-€“12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

1c

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

2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

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Lesson Objective
Use textual evidence to evaluate arguments presented in articles
Length
6 min
Questions to Consider
Ms. Wu says "Whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning." How can you facilitate learning through speaking in your own classroom?
Why is it helpful to explicitly focus on academic transitions?
What can you learn from Ms. Wu about using the Common Core when lesson planning?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RI.11-12.7, ELA.SL.11-12.1c, ELA.SL.11-12.2

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  • N-Word Socratic Seminar Packet (Speaking and Listening Skills) - PDF

  • N-Word Reading Packet (All Articles) - PDF

  • N-Word Socratic Seminar Setup, Objectives, Norms, Transitions & More for Students - PDF

  • N-Word SMART Board Slides - PDF

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word"

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Analysis

Socratic Seminar: The "N-Word"