Our vision is to make a college-preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, not the exception.
— STRIVE Prep - Green Valley Ranch
Grades Served: 6-8
Mon-Thurs: 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8 AM - 1:30 PM
This week we want to highlight our 8th grade ELA team. While reading the book Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick, Brittney Cleark and Kimberly Terribile engaged scholars in intense, thought provoking discussions by means of a Socratic Circle. Students were initially given a prompt of “Should child soldiers be granted amnesty?” In classes, Cleark & Terribile had scholars work on a packet to help them organize their ideas, and make a decision about what their stance was on the topic. Students researched articles about child soldiers across the world, used text from Never Fall Down, and worked with their partners to find quotes, statistics, and textual evidence to support the claims they were going to make in the circle. Finally, students formed two high level thinking questions that they could bring to the circle with them to foster and facilitate discussion amongst the group. Terribile noted that many students were excited to share all the research they did and to share their views and opinions on an interesting topic. In Cleark’s classes, the level of maturity and respect that scholars demonstrated in the circle was highly impressive. Using Socratic Circles can be easily transferred to other subjects where students can form opinions on topics and have discussions that will allow for interpretation and higher level thinking.