Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and Counterclaims

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Debate
CCSS: ELA.W.9-10.1a ELA.W.9-10.1b

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

W

Writing Standards 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1a

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

W

Writing Standards 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1b

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)
Lesson Objective
Use debate to help students support claims and address counterclaims
Length
5 min
Questions to Consider
What strategies encourage higher student engagement and individual participation?
In what ways do sentence stems help students learn to respectfully express ideas?
How might you use a Socratic seminar with the content you are currently teaching?
Common Core Standards
ELA.W.9-10.1a, ELA.W.9-10.1b

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and Counterclaims

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Debate

Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and Counterclaims