Reflection: Lesson Planning Socratic Seminar: Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Section 2: Socratic Seminar


The students loved the book, particularly the girls.  They were particularly struck by how blunt she was in talking about her experiences, whether it was about her mother dying, or her drug use, or her experiences with men.  They generally had a lot to say in processing her experiences, and also in noting how the men on the trail responded to her.  So, as far as choosing this book, it was a grand success.  However, they did not address the structure of the book at all, or the rhetorical devices she uses to express theme.  Therefore, I will plan to address these issues in the next couple lessons.  I really want to stress the use of personal experiences as evidence, as well as how she uses the trail and other elements of nature metaphorically as she goes on her mental journey.  And, to emphasize how Strayed makes very deliberate choices in what she shares and how she organizes her story to appeal to the audience in certain ways.  These will be the points of emphasis in the coming days' lessons.

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Socratic Seminar: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Unit 6: Thematic Unit: Gender and the Rhetorical Power of Narrative
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT propel conversations by posing and responding to questions and comments from peers by participating in a Socratic seminar.

Big Idea: Socratic seminars are wonderful for learning what students know and how engaged they are in a book or topic.

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