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Subject: RE: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)

From: Aprill Lynn (aprillyn@bonduel.k12.wi.us)
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 11:49:06 EDT


I use the Socratic method in a couple of my junior/senior lit classes, and
the method that I've found that works well is to give students a list of
"Intensely Important Quotes" from the book the day before. For example, for
Lord of the Flies, I give the students 11 quotes the day before and have
them explain the significance of the quote and how each one contributed to
some aspect of the story (theme, character, plot, symbolism) on paper. Then
when we discuss the next day, they already have some thoughts down on paper.
Also, I use a hacky sack to toss around the circle so that only the person
with the hacky can talk. This works really well because everyone wants to
add their comments, but they can only talk when they have the ball. No
interrupting other students!

Lynn Aprill

> ----------
> From: Opal M.
> Reply To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
> Sent: Sunday, October 7, 2001 5:21 PM
> To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
> Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)
>
> I experienced the Socratic method in my Myth and
> Romance class at University High School. I think this
> method works, of course, with smaller classes and with
> students who have a desire to learn the material. I
> also think that this method is great with students
> because it gives them an opportunity to voice their
> opinions. The Myth and Romance students love it
> because they have thier own views and ideas about
> their texts. The other regular English IV students
> don't really participate when we do the Socratic
> method. Regardless of how much wait time my
> supervising teacher uses, they don't respond. I
> cannot understand why, because he asks them opinion
> questions. What can I do?!
>
> --- Becky Jenkins <rj63603@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu> wrote:
> > I thought that this was a great idea to introduce to
> > high school
> > students. In my experience in high school, the
> > teachers did not have
> > the students discuss on thier own, novels that we
> > had read. It was only
> > until I entered a college literature class that this
> > method was revealed
> > to me. Needless to say, I was a little lost at
> > first, but i did
> > eventually catch on. This is a great method to
> > teach to students in
> > high school becuase not only does it prepare them
> > for college but it
> > also gives them an opportunity to express thier own
> > thoughts and
> > opinions with others. Unfortunately there are very
> > few classes in high
> > school that allow students opinions to be spoken and
> > appreciated. This
> > gives the students a feeling of appreciation and
> > worth with their
> > personal opinions. I also feel that becuase the
> > students are given so
> > much time to dig into the text and come up with
> > thier own ideas, and
> > discuss thier ideas about the text, that the novel
> > becomes more personal
> > to the student and they have a deeper connection
> > with the novel. I have
> > experienced reading a text and not feeling connected
> > with it until I
> > discussed it with someone else who had read it. I
> > see that this will
> > happen if students are not allowed to discuss novels
> > in class. All in
> > all I thought this was an excelent method and
> > exercise to do in a high
> > school class after reading a novel.
> >
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> =====
> Sincerely,Opal McLean
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