Pre-2015 Seminar Lesson Plans

We’ve been upgrading our Socratic seminar lesson plans, in a new format aligned with Common Core curriculum goals. We invite you to check out our new and improved lesson plans. Our new lesson plan collection is growing as we continue to add new topics. If you prefer, you can find our old lesson plans below.

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How to Use Paideia Lesson Plans

Most of the featured texts can be found copyright-free online. Here’s more about how to use these lesson plans.

Convex and Concave
Seminar topic: M.C.’s Escher’s Convex and Concave

Paideia lesson plans cover:

  1. Pre-seminar content steps: reading or other assignments to examine the text
  2. Pre-seminar process steps: introducing the seminar rules and goals
  3. Seminar steps: asking opening, core, and closing questions to facilitate dialogue
  4. Post-seminar process steps: reflecting on seminar goals
  5. Post-seminar content stops: writing or other assignments to develop ideas from the seminar

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Want to help create Paideia lesson plans?

The National Paideia Center and our national faculty of experienced Paideia educators are working on creating new Socratic Seminar lesson plans aligned with Common Core standards. If you’d like to contribute lesson plans, here are the resources to do so:

You can send your materials to us at [email protected]. Thank you!