Socratic Seminars in Middle School: Texts and Films That Engage Students in Reflective Thinking and Close Reading

Socratic Seminars in Middle School: Texts and Films That Engage Students in Reflective Thinking and Close Reading

by Victor Moeller, Marc Moeller

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138023215
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Victor J. Moeller is an English professor at McHenry Community College in Illinois.

Marc V. Moeller teaches English at Prairie Middle School in the Barrington Community Unit School District in Illinois.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Socratic Method

1. Two Models of Teaching: Didactic and Socratic

2. What is the Socratic Method of Teaching and Learning

o The Four Rules of Socratic Seminar discussion

3. Techniques of Active and Close Reading: Lesson Plan 1

o Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

o William Saroyan, "Gaston"

4. Three Kinds of Questions: Lesson Plan 2

5. Qualities of Good Discussion Questions: Lesson Plan 3

6. Basic Interpretive Questions: Lesson Plan 4

7. Spontaneous Follow Up Questions. Lesson Plan 5

8. Preparing Students for Discussion: Lesson Plan 6

Part II: Socratic Seminar Readings and Lesson Plans

9. Overview of the Great Book Common Core Curriculum

10. How important is a girlfriend, a brother, or a parent in your life?

11. Is technology more a curse than a blessing? Lesson Plan 9

12. Is the desire to excel as strong as the tendency to be mediocre?

13. Who are your real friends?

14. How important is God in your life?

15. How does someone cope with a death in the family?

APPENDIX: Answer Key

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