Hi all, This year I am teaching an Academic Support class and I want to incorporate Socratic Discussion. Things are pretty set up, except for the texts. I have 75 minute periods, and can only devote one day to the activity. And, I cannot give the students homework at this school. Therefore, any reading and responding to text must be done in class, on the day of the discussion. I am looking to plan it out as follows: 30 minutes to read the article, make some annotations, and write down some level 2-3 questions they want to ask in the discussion. 20 minutes for discussion A (half the class) 20 minutes for discussion B (other half of the class) and 5 minutes for leeway and wrap up. My problem is, I'm having difficulty finding texts they can read (in 15 minutes) and have things to talk about. This is a 9th grade class but they are lower performing (that's why they are in this class). I've searched "short articles", "short news articles" "short interesting articles", yahoo news, etc. But, I'm just not really finding any good readings. They can't be too long because the students only have 30 minutes to both read and respond to the article. Any ideas or particular articles or texts suggestions? Thank you all in advance!!!