Cross-Discipline Socratic Seminar: Refining Essays

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Social Studies
CCSS: ELA.SL.9-10.4 ELA.SL.9-10.1a

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

9-10

9th & 10th 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 9-€“10 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 set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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Length

9 minutes

Objective

Discuss the role of religion in the lives of followers

Questions to Consider

  • How did students prepare for the Socratic Seminar?
  • What learning targets do Ms. Gilrein and Ms. Wolfe have students focus on?
  • How will this discussion help students to refine their essays?

Common Core Standards

ELA.SL.9-10.4, ELA.SL.9-10.1a

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Common Core Standards
ELA.SL.9-10.4, ELA.SL.9-10.1a

Supporting Materials

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  • Student Work: Socratic Seminar.PDF

  • Handouts: Socratic Seminar Preparation/Guiding Questions.PDF

  • Handouts: Socratic Seminar Rubric.PDF

  • Handouts: Socratic Seminar Definition, Conversational Moves, and Seminar Tasks PDF

  • Post-Lesson Questionnaire - EG.PDF

  • Cross-Discipline Socratic Seminar: Refining Essays Transcript

  • Lesson Plan: Socratic Seminar.PDF

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