Teaching the Socratic Discussion in History DVD Curriculum
1. The Grammar of History
2. The Tools of the Historian
3. How to Research and Read History Texts
4. The Socratic Discussion
5. Analytical Writing in History
This is not a history content curriculum but a teaching and learning method that is essential to teach your child how to be a critical and independent thinker, speaker, and writer in History. This DVD course does not cover content but teaches the student how to approach all history.
If you want your student to become an independent thinker and an effective communicator, this is the program for you. After this DVD course, the student will know how to distinguish between fact and opinion, make good historical judgment, analyze primary or secondary sources, use quotes effectively in argumentation, how to paraphrase historical text, how to analyze and answer interpretive questions in history, how to conduct research, how to participate in a Socratic Discussion in History, and how to write analytical essays including: Writing an Outline, Writing a Rough Draft, and Revising. The complete DVD course includes over seven complete hours of instructional taping, 13 class lessons, a student course booklet and parent guide.
If you are a parent or teacher who has never learned history with a classical approach, this is an excellent product for you to learn along with your student! This course should begin any secondary (age 12-18) history program as it teaches the skills needed to analyze history and write analytical essays.
Give your child the tools to understand and compete in a modern society by preparing him with essential thinking, speaking, and writing skills.
As part of this curriculum, the teacher may become certified to teach in a co-op setting using the Classical Historian. In the comfort of your home, complete the homework activities and mail in your responses to The Classical Historian. For home school educators, you will be listed on a national registry of certified teachers that will be located on this website.
Table of Contents of Book That Accompanies the DVD Program:
I. How to Use This Training Book and the DVDs
II. Introduction, on DVD #1a and 1b (Shortened and Extended Versions)
III. What is Classical Education in History?, on DVD #1
IV. The Thinking Tools of the Historian, on DVD #2 The Tools of the Historian DVD
V. Six Essential Thinking Tools of the Historian, on DVD #2
VI. Open-Ended History Questions
VII. The Fall of the Roman Empire, on DVD #2 (DVD lessons 7, 8)
with student/child - a Practice Socratic Discussion
VIII. Teaching with the Socratic Discussion, on DVD #2 (lesson 9) with student/child
IX. The Writing Process for a One-Paragraph Assignment, on DVD #2
(lessons 10, 11, 12, 13) with student/child
X. Advanced Thinking Tools of the Historian on DVD #2
(lessons 14, 15, 16,17)
XI. The Writing Process for a Five-Paragraph Assignment, on DVD #2
XII. Grading Essays
XIII. The Essential Tools of Literary Analysis
IV. Encouraging Family Discussion at the Dinner Table
XV. Teacher “Homework” for Classical Historian Teacher Certification
I absolutely LOVE the critical thinking aspects of the curriculum. Too few curricular address the idea of critical thinking skills. There is much written for the children to memorize and recount at the appropriate times, but are they understanding what they are reading? Implementing critical thinking into the reading and discussion of history is a powerful tool to help our children understand what they are reading as well as form an opinion and knowledge that they will be able to use in many situations in life. I also love the discussion and multi-age aspects of the curriculum. Being able to have discussions around the dinner table with family are some of the most important times you will have will your children. These are very good learning opportunities that are disappearing from too many families today. The children are able to read the material and discuss it at their level; they will understand the material better with discussion and help teach each other at the same time. This would also work wonderfully in a homeschool co-op setting! I have been looking at a number of different social studies programs for the middle and older grades and am very excited to come across Take a Stand! I am anxious to use it in my homeschool as well as recommend it to others.
Amy B., Maine
Join twenty-year teaching veteran and award-winning instructor John De Gree as he teaches the Socratic Discussion in History. In this instructional video program, Mr. De Gree instructs the teacher how to teach history from a critical thinking approach, how to lead the Socratic discussion, and how to teach the analytical essay in history. At the same time, Mr. De Gree teaches enthusiastic students the tools of the historian and the Socratic Discussion in History. This is a program for both Teacher and Student!
A. When purchasing this curriculum individually: You receive the Teaching the Socratic Discussion Book AND the 3 DVDs that teach all the critical thinking, debating, and writing skills of the historian. This is the option you want when you already have your history text but want to use the Socratic approach throughout the year. For suggestions on open-ended questions that match your history content, you can use our Take a Stand! books that you can find on our Individual Products page.
B. When purchasing as part of the Classical Historian Ancient Civilizations History Curriculum (Click Here) or with the Socratic Discussion Ancient Bundle, you receive everything PLUS one DVD that has Mr. De Gree and his student's full year's discussions from the Take a Stand! Ancient Civilizations program.
C. When purchasing as part of the Classical Historian Medieval Civilizations Curriculum (Click Here) or with the Socratic Discussion Medieval Bundle, you receive everything PLUS one DVD that has Mr. De Gree and his student's full year's discussions from the Take a Stand! Medieval Civilizations program.
D. When purchasing as part of the Classical Historian American History Curriculum or with the Socratic Discussion American History Bundle, you receive everything PLUS one DVD that has Mr. De Gree and his student's full year's discussion from the Take a Stand! American History program.
Read Cathy Duffy's Review:
Some parents learn better from audio-visual presentations than from a Teacher's Edition, so DeGree has developed Teaching the Socratic Discussion in History, a set of four DVDs with a binder that help parents/teachers and students learn this approach. On the first DVD, DeGree introduces the program and explains how it works. On the three other DVDs, you watch DeGree working with different homeschool families through the actual lessons.The binder includes instructions and forms so that you can actually teach your own students through a complete lesson on the Fall of the Roman Empire, including the composition assignments. The last two DVDs are great for families using either Ancient Civilizations of Medieval Civilzations, the two books from which the lessons are drawn. The last two DVDs are essential for parent/teachers who want to become certified Classical Historian Teacher's. (Requirements and instructions are in the binder.) For Full Review, Click Here.