John S. Battle High School Socratic Soccer

Students in a circle kicking a ball.Students in Mrs. Davenport's English 10 Honors class tried a different approach to a Socratic seminar on the novel Animal Farm. The students kicked around a "Socratic Soccer Ball" that features questions on each of the white spaces of the ball.

The questions range from recall questions to analysis questions.  One student would kick the ball to another student and the question that landed up in front of that student was the question he or she answered.  The questions usually resulted in good discussion, and a few debates, about the topic presented.  The students were up and active during the lesson and really seemed to enjoy kicking a ball around in English class!

Contact Person: 
Susan Davenport