Today was our Socratic seminar. We took 15 minutes to give students the opportunity to complete their entry tickets for the discussion, since many did not complete them at home. We then discussed Socratic Seminar norms, some tools to help you with the discussion, deficit language, and began the discussion. Students spent the final 10 minutes of class completing a reflection, in which they had to discuss how they felt the discussion went, and one new thing that they learned.
This class is an opportunity for students to develop and practice their skills in reading and analysis of literature as well as writing. Our various texts will be the vehicles through which they will hone their critical thinking abilities, and our writing exercises will be an outlet of expression for these abilities. We will be reading poetry, short fiction, novels, and dramatic texts. Our objectives are to master the elements of literature, practice the writing process, and improve organization of writing.