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War of 1812 Socratic Seminar

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Socratic Seminar

In a Socratic Seminar, students help one another understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in a text through a group discussion format. Students are responsible for facilitating their group discussion around the ideas in the text; they shouldn’t use the discussion to assert their opinions or prove an argument. Through this type of discussion, students practice how to listen to one another, make meaning, and find common ground while participating in a conversation.


1. To prepare to participate in the Socratic Seminar review the War of 1812 booklet: 

War of 1812 Student Reading.pdf 


2. Answer the following questions with a paragraph for each question.

  • What were the main issues which led to James Madison’s Declaration of War in 1812?
  • What do you think were the most significant consequences of the War of 1812?
  • What was the impact of the war on the American Indians?
  • Was the War of 1812 a “Second American Revolution”, a war of choice, or a war of necessity?


3. Write TWO questions that you can ask the class during the discussion.


ALL parts must be ready in order to participate in the discussion. 



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