Socratic Seminar is a structured discussion that teaches students how to engage in discourse that is polite, respectful, focused, and academic. This speaking strategy also teaches students how to think critically about texts. The discussions that take place in a Socratic circle focus on analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating what writers say and do.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 5

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Mortimer Adler, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research in Chicago and author of The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto.

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We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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