A Socratic Seminar is a student-led discussion centered around a specific text (e.g., poem, article, chapter of a novel, etc.).
Goal: Build student ownership of learning and deepen understanding of content through student-led discussion
Thinking about using Actively Learn for Socratic Seminar? Here are some tips:
- Choose a text that includes multiple perspectives and challenges common beliefs. Check out the Knowledge Sets on Actively Learn for sequenced texts that help students dive into an engaging topic!
- Include open-ended, thought-provoking questions in the reading assignment. (e.g., Instead of: Who was the hero of the story? Try: Would all the characters agree that ____ was a hero?)
- Provide sentence frames in “Extra Help” to build academic discussion and language skills.
- Display notes from the reading during the seminar to highlight a compelling idea or question.
- Select one or two students to be discussion leaders. These students can review all of the notes and responses before the Socratic Seminar and prepare discussion questions.
Download the complete Instructional Guide: Socratic Seminar