Socratic Seminar Guidelines for Swift and Machiavelli For this seminar, you will be focusing on aspects of human nature, leadership, and powerbased on your reading of Gulliver’s Travels and The Prince. You will create THREE questions to ask during the discussion. One must be a connection question, one must be text based (examples on the back of this page), and the third should ask for an evaluation of some aspect of the authors’ ideasregarding human nature, leadership, or power.
Connection Question Types: (MUST HAVE ONE OF THESE)
Text-to-Self: makes a connection between the text (see above) and some part of your life
Text-to-Text: makes a connection between the text (see above) and another text.
Text-to-World: makes a connection between the text (see above) and a world event, history, a country, or anything connected to the “world.”
Text-based sample questions: (MUST HAVE ONE OF THESE)
***IMPORTANT: These are very broad. You need to make them specific to the text. If you leave the questions as-is, you will be docked points***
Evidence and inference:
What uncertainties remain?
What additional information is needed to address uncertainties?
Themes/central ideas/green words:
Which themes/central ideas/green words can you identify in the reading?
How does the author develop the themes/central ideas/green words?
Which detail, or event, first presented an indication of the theme/central idea/green word?
Identify additional details that shaped each theme/central idea/green word.
Is one theme/central idea/green word more significant than another? Why?
Impact of author’s choices and impact on development: (these are appropriate for questions based on Gulliver’s Travels, not The Prince).
How does the author develop the setting, plot, or character?
What is the impact of the author’s choices regarding his development of the story elements?
Interpretation of words and phrases and effect on the text:
directly referencing either Swift or Machiavelli ___/ 10
eye contact/active listening ___/ 5
short responses ___/10
TOTAL SEMINAR _____/65
*** NOTE: each of the above point designations indicates the maximum score you can get for each item. Speaking in the discussion does not automatically earn you 20 points, but will be prorated on the preparedness and relevancy of your comments.