Socratic Method English Books For College Students

“Authentic learning begins when teachers challenge students in discussion or in writing, with problems about meaning--real questions that demand solutions.”

The above statement is the result of a life-time of teaching. If you agree with it, you have found a kindred spirit. As I shake your hand and get a chair for you, let me explain how all of my textbooks are based on the assumption that students, not teachers, are the primary agents of learning. The corollary is that authentic learning is active learning. The consequence is that students must become responsible for their own learning.

All of my textbooks on college rhetoric, reading, Shakespeare, and “The greatest Western poem yet,” begin with an introductory unit--a sequence of six lesson plans which define, describe, illustrate, and demonstrate how to engage students in the Socratic method that develops the habits of reflective, critical, and independent thinking.

Whenever possible, I use film versions of novels, stories, and plays to make them more accessible to today's students who are so visual. Since a film is itself an interpretation, most teaching units also explain how to use film to bring stories to life through comparison-contrast discussion, writing, and research on current events.

Together, may we continue to help our students to “educate their imaginations” (Northrup Frey) through active and close reading and revisional writing. In short, may we enable them to become life-long learners--as we continue to learn from them how to become life-long teachers.

Moeller's Books on Teaching and Learning

College Socratic Seminars
12 Basic Questions & Film.
Every lesson plan in this textbook on College Socratic Seminars is based on the assumption that students, not teachers, are the primary agents in learning. The corollary is that authentic learning is active learning. The consequence is that students become responsible for their own learning.
Socratic Seminars in Middle School
Texts and Films That Engage Students in Reflective Thinking and Close Reading.
Teach students how to engage in thoughtful discussions about a text. Socratic seminars are highly effective at helping students read closely and think critically about what they’ve read. They also teach students how to participate in authentic discussions.
Socratic Seminars in High School
Texts and Films That Engage Students in Reflective Thinking and Close Reading.
Teach students how to engage in thoughtful discussions about a text. Socratic seminars are highly effective at helping students read closely and think critically about what they’ve read. They also teach students how to participate in authentic discussions.
Introduction to College Philosophy
This college course, an Introduction to Philosophy, is a process of doing philosophy that takes up some of the basic questions and problems that we will all encounter in life--sooner or later.
College Rhetoric:
What every student needs to know.
The ultimate goal of this College Rhetoric textbook is to develop the skillful use of language, oral and written, that provokes thinking and may even change behavior.
Shakespeare Seminar and Film Series 1
What makes this book on Shakespeare unlike so many other books on the ultimate author of English literature? Several things. Please read on and explore what this book can offer you and your students.
Shakespeare Seminar and Film Series 2
The focus of this book is on the text of two tragedies and two comedies, a romance, and a history and what the individual is able to draw from them alone. Additionally, students are given follow-up research topics for independent study at the end of each play.
Great Book Socratic Seminar 1: Job
“The greatest Western poem yet”
The intensive study of the story of Job is to develop the skills of independent, critical, and reflecting thinking that result in memorable understanding and enjoyment of the “greatest poem of Western literature.”

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