Students’ age range: 16-18
Topic: Descriptive paragraph
Description: First session, teacher selected 3 students at random to form groups of 3. Students worked in groups. They created a list of interesting places they had visited, and wrote details about each place, so they completed one chart of graphic organizer about their description. After that they chose the place they would like to write a descriptive paragraph.
Second session of class, they wrote an outline about ideas for their description and organized their topic sentence, supporting ideas and examples. They thought about evidence to support their descriptive paragraph. Also, teacher and students elaborated some critical thinking questions about the topic.
Third session of class, teacher applied Socratic seminar. Teacher explained the rules and after that they set up inner and outer circles. Students listened closely the descriptions of his/her favorite places, thought critically and said comments about the responses of their partners, and the final activity was discussion about seminar with the whole class. They learned vocabulary, phrases and knew beautiful places from their country.