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Socratic Seminar- The Outsiders
Transcript of Socratic Seminar- The Outsiders
Socratic Seminar- The Outsiders, Chapters 1-5
Guidelines for Participants
1. Refer to the text when needed during the discussion. A seminar is
a test of memory. You are not "learning a subject"- your goal is to understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in the text.
2. It's OK to "pass" when asked to contribute.
Do not participate
if you are
. A seminar should not be a "fake it till you make it" session.
4. Do not stay confused; ask for clarification.
Speak loudly and clearly?
Cite reasons and evidence for statements?
Use the text to find support?
Listen to others respectfully?
Stick with the subject?
Talk to each other, not to the teacher?
Ask for help to clear confusion?
Support each other?
Avoid hostile exchanges?
Question others in a civil manner?
Socratic Seminar: Participant Rubric
A Level Participant:
Offers enough solid analysis, without prompting, to move convo forward.
Participant, through their comments, demonstrates deep knowledge of the text and the question.
Participant has come to the seminar prepared, with notes and a marked/ annotated text.
Participant, through their comments, shows that they are actively listening to other participants
Participant offers clarification and/ or follow-up that extends the conversation
5. Stick to the point currently under discussion; make notes about ideas you want to come back to.
6. Do not raise hands; take turns speaking
7. Listen carefully
8. SPEAK UP so that ALL can hear you.
9. Talk to each other, not to the teacher. Make eye contact with each person in the group as you are speaking.
10. You are responsible for the seminar, even if you do not know it or admit it.
Participant's remarks often refer back to specific parts of the text
B- Level Participant:
Offers solid analysis without prompting.
Through comments, participant demonstrates good knowledge of the text and the question.
Participant has come to the seminar prepared, with notes and a marked/annotated text.
Shows that he/she is actively listening to others and offers clarification and/or follow up
C- Level Participant:
Offers some analysis, but needs prompting from the teacher.
Through comments, participant demonstrates a general knowledge of the text and question.
Participant is less prepared, with few notes and no marked/annotated text.
Participant is actively listening to others, but does not offer clarification and/or follow up to others' comments.
Participant relies more upon his/her opinion, and less on the text to drive their comments.
D or F- Level Participant:
Participant comes to the seminar ill prepared with little understanding of the text and question.
Participant does not listen to others, offers no commentary to further the discussion.
Participant distracts the group by interrupting other speakers or by offering off topic questions and comments
Participant ignores the discussion and its participants
“It seemed funny that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” - the Outsiders
What does this quote mean to you? What theme does this support in your book? Explain.
How well did you perform in the
- Provide 2 examples of positive contributions to the seminar and 2 examples about how you could improve for the next seminar.