On Tuesday (tomorrow), you’ll be participating in a Socratic Seminar Topic: Early Chinese Philosophies Daoism, Legalism & Confucianism What is a Socratic Seminar? A Socratic seminar is a way of teaching founded by the Greek philosopher Socrates…remember him?! Socrates believed that: students learn best by asking questions. It is NOT the teacher’s job to lead the discussion, but only to moderate the discussion! Why do we have Socratic Seminars • Socratic Seminars help us to examine a document (or parts of several documents) as a class. • When we work together to understand a text it will help everyone’s understanding. So, how do we prepare for a Socratic Seminar? • You will be given a preparation worksheet with: 1. 3 short primary sources 2. Socratic Seminar prep steps 1 – 4 • Your job is to complete steps 1 – 4 of your prep worksheet for homework (please use a separate piece of paper to complete this part!) • It is essential you read the text and prepare yourself with important questions and quotations. What type of questions should I ask during the seminar? • Mrs. Bertram will provide you with several question prompts. • Please write 5 questions using these prompts (this is step 4 of prep worksheet). What will the seminar look like? • When you arrive tomorrow, the classroom will be arranged in a circle. • You may sit wherever you’d like (so long as you are focused, quiet, respectful and engaged in the seminar). • Mrs. Bertram will stamp your homework (completed prep worksheet). • Mrs. Bertram will start the Socratic Seminar by asking a single question. • Students will then guide the remainder of the conversation. • Everyone is required to speak at least once. How does the discussion work in a seminar? • The seminar is to serve as a discussion, not a lecture. • Just like in a casual conversation, no one begins the conversation, a conversation begins naturally. Seminar Guidelines • Please listen and look at each other when you speak. • One person speaks at a time. • Each person will have a chance to ask a question. • Respond to the person who asks the question. • Use evidence from the text to support yourself. • Always treat each other with mutual respect. How will I be graded? • By completing the seminar prep worksheet. • By contributing to the conversation following these guidelines: – Ask a question – Respond to a question – Cite evidence from the text Socratic Seminar Guidelines • Be prepared to participate • Don’t raise hands • Invite others into the discussion • Refer to the text • Comments must be appropriate/respectful/focused • Listen to and build on one another’s comments • Remember: There are no stupid questions! We are all learning about this…TOGETHER! Opening question: What core values are these documents promoting? Another question: In Early China, the time between 403 B.C. to 221 B.C. is called the “Period of the Warring States”. Daoism, Legalism & Confucianism were philosophies developed to (hopefully) create a peaceful society. How might the values described in these pieces help create a “peaceful” society? Post-seminar question: Ancient Chinese philosophers tried to solve the problems of their times with specific beliefs. Think of a problem in today’s society. Briefly describe how a legalist, a Confucian, and a Daoist thinker would solve that problem.