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Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson

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Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson or another similarly rich text with clear structural divisions to facilitate phases of inquiry.

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  1. Review a work that your students have recently read and prepare a list of example
    questions that correspond with the Description of Question Types.
  2. Make copies and transparencies of necessary handouts.

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