Hot Seat

Strategy #18

Grade Levels:

  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8

Instructional Focus:

  • Oral Language
  • Comprehension
  • Content Areas

What is hot seat?

Hot seat is a role playing activity where one student sits in a seat in the front of the class and takes on the role of a character from a story, a featured person in a biography, an author of a book that was read in class or a real-life famous figure. It is considered the hot seat because the student sitting in it is asked an array of questions from the rest of the class and they must think quickly to answer all the questions. The students may wear costumes and try out interpretations while in the hot seat, motivating each one of them to want to be in the hot seat.


Students are able to learn more about the characters, the events in the story and draw inferences. They then are able to share their knowledge with the rest of the class while in the hot seat.

Why use this strategy?

  • deepen student's understanding of their reading
  • opportunity for students to teach students
  • helpful for auditory learners
  • helps students' to learn how to think on their feet
  • a chance for students to practice and hone their oral language abilities
  • opportunity for students' to build one on top of one another through discussion

How to use the strategy:


  1. Learn about the character
  2. Create a costume (and/or artifacts)
  3. Prepare opening remarks
  4. Introduce the character
  5. Ask questions and make comments
  6. Summarize the ideas

Adaptations

Can be adapted for different activities such as learning vocabulary/ "secret word", a get-to-know icebreaker, etc.


It is also used as a whole class activity but can be adapted to be used within literature circles or as a group hot seat activity.

Standards

SL.4.4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace

SL.5.4 – Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace

SL.6.4 – Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Additional Resources:

Hot Seat Teaching Strategy - Mrs. Webster