Socratic Discussion . A Model for Civil Discourse and Discussion . Learning Targets I can explain how Socratic discussion is different from an open classroom discussion or a discussion with my friends (e.g., “civil discourse”).
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A Model for Civil Discourse and Discussion
The Socratic seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others. They learn to work cooperatively and to question intelligently and civilly. (89)
Israel, Elfie. “Examining Multiple Perspectives in Literature.” In Inquiry and the Literary Text: Constructing Discussions in the English Classroom. James Holden and John S. Schmit, eds. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2002.