Hot Seat

Literacy Strategy

Instructional Focus

  • Oral Language
  • Comprehension
  • Content Areas

For Grades 3 - 8

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Hot Seat is a role-playing activity that builds students' comprehension

Students assume the persona of...

  • a character in a story,
  • a featured person in a biography
  • an author whose books they've read
  • well-known real-life figure

The student sits in a chair designated as the HOT SEAT

Steps to Hot Seat Strategy

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