Time To Complete
I Can Statements
- I will know my exploration of text annotation is of high quality when:
- I can identify the elements that define the Socratic Seminar.
Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:
- Confer with students to check their understanding of the elements that define text annotation
- Provide students an anchor video of a Socratic Seminar and ask them to identify the elements of the seminar that they observe.
Lead students in a discussion of the differences among a Socratic Seminar, a discussion, and a debate. Show students a video of each. Ask students to record their observations of key differences using a Venn diagram, bubble map, or other graphic organizer. Emphasize that the purpose of a Socratic Seminar is inquiry, rather than merely presenting information or defending a claim or position. Encourage students to think about the pros and cons to each form of discourse.
Explore different formats of a Socratic Seminar using video excerpts from the resource list below. Have students brainstorm a list of the qualities/features of a Socratic Seminar and develop the list into a classroom anchor chart.
Videos of Debates
Difference Between Discussions and Debates
Socratic Seminar in Action