Reflection: Student Ownership Traveling Towards Our Last Socratic Seminar - Section 3: Small Group Brainstorming


My students wasted no time in reconvening in their small groups to begin brainstorming topics.  I was both intrigued and impressed by what they selected:

  • Education
  • Wastefulness
  • Same-sex marriage/gay rights
  • Extinction
  • Drugs
  • War
  • Mental Illness
  • STDs
  • The obesity epidemic
  • Animal abuse
  • Racism
  • Pollution
  • The economy
  • Solo traveling
  • Technological innovations
  • Natural disasters
  • Societal failures (things that are ruining society)
  • The environment/global warming
  • Should America be the world's police?
  • How much money the elderly get
  • Are we happy?
  • Consumerism
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Social media
  • America's debt
  • American unemployment
  • Women's rights/equal pay
  • Child abuse
  • Violence in schools
  • Cancer
  • California's drought
  • Distracted driving
  • Abortion
  • Deportation
  • Education for immigrants
  • Gun violence
  • Appearances
  • Ocean toxicity

Whew!  I think Steinbeck would be proud!

  And The Topics Are . . .
  Student Ownership: And The Topics Are . . .
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Traveling Towards Our Last Socratic Seminar

Unit 10: Travels with Charley
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: Accepting the challenge from Steinbeck and working in small groups, SWBAT identify topics worth discussing in their final Socratic Seminar.

Big Idea: "And that's what I found all over the country--no arguments, no discussion." (Steinbeck)

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