Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Trick or Treat: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Analysis & Discussion - Section 4: Responding to Halloween Traditions: A Whole-Class Discussion


Students were active and engaged in our discourse early on, but the energy level dropped as the conversation went on. This calls for an adjustment in how we address this, possibly connecting to Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition to adjusting the placement of Edgar Allan Poe, in order to inspire student ownership, I will be providing students with a self-assessment rubric that goes along with these Socratic Seminar Guidelines next time we pull into a circle. 

  Discourse and Questioning: Thoughts on Socratic Seminar: Moving Toward Self-Assessment
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Trick or Treat: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Analysis & Discussion

Unit 18: Cultural Literacy: Holiday Insights and American Traditions
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT draw inferences from an in-class reading on "Halloween" in order to propel conversation, engage and incorporate others, and clarify and challenge ideas by participating in a Socratic Seminar.

Big Idea: What trick or treat traditions do we celebrate? What creative costumes do we wear? Why do we celebrate the Halloween holiday?

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