This week, we will begin focusing on student lead group presentations. At your request, we will focus on having a class debate then small group Socratic seminars. This will Segway into individual group research, will finally lead to small group presentations. The aim is to have you engaged on a topic that excites your groups. You will then become the experts, and then you will present your information, in a revolving fashion, to another.
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
What is Socratic Seminar?
Why is research imperative to a strong argument?
How can we present our data and argument in the best way possible?
Monday: Final class discussion on Lincoln-Douglas Debates, begin discussing new assignment this week, and begin Socratic Seminar. Objectives:Today, students will begin learning and engaging in Socratic Seminar. Students will also learn about their new project this week, as well as pick their group topics. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students will have picked their topics and understand what is expected of them for their group assignments. Homework: None
Tuesday: Begin with class Socratic questioning, have students research topics in their groups, and have students discuss information amongst one another. Objectives: Today, students will begin researching their topics and discussing it amongst their groups. They will also engage in more Socratic questioning and a mini in-class debate. Outcomes: By the end of class, all student should have enough information on their topics to begin writing outlining their speeches. Homework: None.
Wednesday: Continue with Socratic questioning and in-class debate, students will continue research and continue outlining their speeches. Objectives:Today students will continue to research and discuss their information amongst their fellow students. Outcomes:By the end of class, students should have enough information to begin writing their speeches/presentations. Homework:Ensure that outlines are finished, and sources are cited.
Thursday: Continue with Socratic questioning and in-class debate, students will write out and create their speeches/presentations. Objectives:Today, students will create their speeches/presentations. Outcomes: By the end of class, students should have written and created their speeches/presentations. Homework: Finish writing all speeches and creating all presentations. We are presenting tomorrow.
Friday: Present group speeches as groups rotate. Objectives:Today, students will present their information, to different groups. Outcomes: By the end of class, all student will have presented their presentations and speeches to one another. If there is time remaining, we will discuss class presentations. Homework: None.