Dog Vs. Cat; A Socratic Seminar
Lesson 4 of 7
Objective: SWBAT discuss the overall themes and big ideas of Love That Dog and Hate That Cat in a Socratic seminar.
Today is our final reading assignment for "Hate That Cat." Following the close read for today, students will work in a whole group Socratic seminar to discuss major themes and ideas in the whole book and compare this book to "Love That Dog." I actually just came across this close reading bookmark that really worked for what my students have been doing. Some teachers do close reads with a specific purpose, and that works really well when you're teaching those specific skills. The reading of "Hate That Cat" is very informal and I have been looking for something that was useful for this purpose. I'll be giving these out just to serve as a reminder for my kids. They've been doing really well, but this is definitely helpful.
Today you will read pages 94- 125 and record your thoughts to prepare for our final Socratic Seminar. You will have 20 minutes to read and record. We need to have a little more time for seminar today since we'll have some big topics to discuss. You will have time to complete your figurative language organizer for homework tonight, but if there's anything you find to add today, go for it. As I come around today I will be checking your journals to make sure you are ready for seminar. If I don't feel that your journal is ready, you will need to fix that up during seminar. While reading today think about the following questions: How does Sharon Creech lead us up to finding out Jack's mom is deaf? Which book did you like best and why? What themes did you notice while reading? How does Jack's feelings change about cats? How did Jack's feelings about poetry change in "Love That Dog?" Is there a similarity?
Other questions will arise during seminar, but these are a few of the ones that I want them to focus on while reading. I usually post these on the SMART board so they are clear for students.
There are so many big ideas to hit here, so I put aside 30 minutes for a full seminar. I love the books so I feel like I could have the kids chat about this for days! Here are a few clips from our session. I felt like this would be more beneficial for you instead of just telling you what I'm hoping to see my kiddos do. Mom is deaf seminar and what is the meaning of the title? are two that I managed to catch on film. I had to put the camera down and get into the circle myself because things were getting so interesting!
After the kiddos finish up, they'll meet up with their partners to go over their observation assessment tools to see how they can improve their participation. I still have students who have a hard time jumping in and others who still dominate the conversation, so this is something that we will continue to work on. It's so important for life and it's a common core standard. Two for one!