Socratic Seminar: Middle School

An on-going class to teach students to think critically for themselves and articulate their own thoughts (and responses to others) based on a text
Ashley Newman
1073 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 29 learners

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Mon Jun 6

Meets Once per week
4pm - 4:55pm

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Class Experience

I have been fascinated with writing, communication and the art of persuasion for as long as I can remember. I grew up participating in competitive Speech and Debate competitions, and in high school I was ranked 5th in the state and 14th in the nation for persuasive speaking in Speech and Debate. I have a BA in Communication with a triple minor in English, History and writing from the University of California, Davis. I have over five years of experience teaching English and persuasive writing at the middle school and high school levels, and have also coached competitive middle school and high school Speech and Debate for nearly 10 years, where I have helped many students qualify for, compete at, and rank highly at the state and national level.
Prior to class each week, students will be asked to:
1. Read a pre-selected text (provided in the classroom)
2. Answer text-dependent question(s)
3. Create their own text-dependent question(s)

While I will not be giving written feedback on students' work on text-dependent questions, it is imperative that students complete these prior to class each week so that they are fully prepared to participate in the Socratic Seminar.
Students will be provided with a PDF of each week's text in the Outschool classroom.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Ashley NewmanTeacher, Speaker, Published Author, Learner
1073 total reviews
695 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families! My name is Ashley Newman and while I am a teacher by trade, I believe myself to be a learner by nature. I am a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication,... 
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