Act I Socratic Seminar

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At the end of Act I, we will have a Socratic seminar in which you discuss the following essential questions:

  1. In what ways are communities dangerous?
  2. What is integrity? What does it look like?
  3. How do lies spread and gain traction?
  4. What does this play teach us about the individual in conflict with society?
  • To prepare for your Socratic seminar, gather significant quotes that you think connect in some way to the above questions.
  • Once you have decided which question you want to focus on, write it down.
  • Once you have decided which quote you want to focus on, write it down.
  • Summarize what the quote means in your own words.
  • Connect the quote to the question (analysis) either in paragraph or bullet point form.
  • Make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection either in paragraph or bullet point form.

Example (no one can use this quote for this question):

  1. In what ways are communities dangerous?”

“In Proctor’s presence a fool felt his foolishness instantly – and a Proctor is always marked for calumny therefore.” p. 19

  • Calumny means slander. The quote is saying that Proctor was an easy target for lies because he was the type of person that other people looked up to, and also who made people aware of their flaws. Basically he intimidated people. (summarizes what the quote means)
  • This quote connects to the idea that communities are dangerous because Proctor is an example of an individual who the community of Salem spread lies about (“calumny”) simply because he intimidated them. Sometimes a group of people treats good people unfairly simply because they are afraid of them. (connects the quote to the essential question)
  • Any high school student could probably relate to Proctor. Sometimes kids spread rumors about other students simply because they are intimated by those kids. Another connection is to the book Wonder about a middle school boy with a deformed face who is bullied. He is bullied for a stupid reason – the way he handles himself with such poise even though he looks strange makes other students uncomfortable. And so, he too, was marked for “calumny” – the kids spread lies about him. (makes a text-to-self or a text-to-text or a text-to-world connection)

 

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