Author's Chair

Abigail Buser || Section B || March 1, 2016

What is it?

A chair in the classroom that is only for students to sit in when they are sharing their writing with classmates. They can share writing at any stage in the writing process in order to get feedback, critiques and ideas. They can also share completed writing as a celebration of learning.
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Where is it used?

Preschool - 8th Grade

Why use it?

  • Allows students to showcase their work and really be proud and take ownership of their writing.
  • Allows students to practice both giving and receiving critiques and feedback.
  • Allows students to practice reading aloud, practicing fluency, prosody and inflection.

Steps to implement The Authors chair

Step 1: Choose a special chair, bench, or stool
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Step 2: Introduce the chair.

Explain to the students what the chair is and how it will be used in the classroom
Step 3: One student sits in the chair, the rest of the class sits around the chair on the floor.

While that student is reading, the rest of the class is listening quietly.
Step 4: Students listening raise their hands to give constructive feedback. Student in the author chair calls on students to give feedback.
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W.2.5 – With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

W.5.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

W.5.5 – With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach.


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