Day 1

Ishmael Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Socratic Seminar

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Discussion


    Students will apply the Socratic method in their discussion of Ishmael to develop critical reading and thinking skills.

    Common Core Standards:



    Begin with a brief discussion of the structure and ground rules of a Socratic seminar. The Socratic method is based on the theory that it’s more important to help students think for themselves than for a teacher to tell them the “right” answer. In the dialogs that Plato wrote down, from which the method gets its name, Socrates would pose open-ended questions to his interlocutors. He...

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