Socratic Seminar Norms
8th Grade Seminar Topics
Before Seminar it is your duty to prepare for discussion by completing all assigned readings, response questions, and doing appropriate research. During Seminar you will be expected to participate in three ways:
Group 1 - The Inside Circle
Your role is to discuss the Seminar topic. When the topic is introduced, pause and think before you speak. Share your opinions, but don't dominate the conversation. Remember that courteous speakers also listen to others and invite others to speak when it is appropriate. When others speak, keep an open mind if their opinions are different from your own. Strong speakers are strong listeners who build on the thoughts of others and support their own statements with evidence.
Group 2 - Outer Circle Evaluators
Your role is to watch your partner as they participate. Use the Seminar Self-Reflection sheet to give them feedback on their performance.
Group 3 - Outer Circle Writers
Your role is to reply to the Seminar discussion using the Socratic Seminar thread on Google Classroom. Your goal is to type one claim, evidence, reasoning paragraph.
This paragraph can: