• Socratic Seminar-Sentence Stems

     

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    Clarifying ideas:

    • _________________________, could you please rephrase/repeat that?
    • I did not understand _________________________. Do you mean____________________?
    • Can you explain what you said about __________________________?
    • Can you say more about __________________________?
    • In other words, are you saying ____________________________?
    • I have a question about ______________________. Then state your question.
    • Where does that idea come from in the text?

     

    Affirming an idea or adding to it:

    • My idea is related to ______________’s idea ________________. Then, state your idea.
    • I really like ______________’s idea about _______________because _______________.
    • I agree with _________________. Also, ____________________.
    • My idea builds on ____________________’s idea. I ______________________.
    • What is the importance of _________________________________?
    • What are the causes /effects of _______________________?

    Initiating new ideas:

    • I think we’ve exhausted the topic of _______________. May we move onto __________________?
    • Moving onto ________________________.
    • Does anyone have any final comments to add about ___________________ or shall we move onto a new subject?
    • How are __________________ and ___________________alike? Different?
    • How would you explain _________________?

    Presenting an alternate perspective on a subject:

    • While I can see why you believe this, I see this differently. In my opinion _____________________.
    • I understand where you are coming from, however, I see it a bit differently. From my perspective, ____________________________.
    • That’s a valid point, however, I feel _______________________.
    • On the other hand, ___________________________.
    • I do agree with the part about _______________________ however, _______________.
    • Suppose _________________. Would that will be true?  Why or why not?
    • Do you have a different interpretation of _____________________________?
    • What else could that mean?

    Expressing your opinion/ Wishing to opine:

    • I believe that _____________________________.
    • In my opinion ________________________________________.
    • I believe that ___________________ because _______________________.
    • To me, it seems quite obvious that ________________________.