The Three Group Socratic Seminar is similar to a traditional Socratic seminar in that all knowledge is shared and constructed collaboratively. The major difference is seen in the Socratic circle and how the discussion takes shape. In this activity, students work in groups of three. There is a representative or spokesperson in each group who speaks to the circle. This type of Socratic seminar tends to be more structured and supported.

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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Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Sample Questions
Dis/Agree Starters
Analysis Starters
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Literacy Standards In Action

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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