Author's Chair

By: Trevor Metzger

What is it?

- This strategy provides an opportunity for readers to share their own work with their classmates.
- A special time and place is allotted to writers who wish to share their final products with an audience
- Peers then have an opportunity to respond to what is read aloud.


- Author's Chair is the final step in the writing process.
- It is an opportunity for writer's to receive positive feedback and develop a concept of authorship.
- Author's Chair emphasizes that students' ideas and experiences are worthy of preservation and sharing.
- The audience is respectful and accepting of the author's efforts.

How to adapt Author's Chair (K-6)

- An "author of the week" could be chosen regularly. The individual's work could be put on display and peers could post their comments about particular compositions.
- Can be used for other subject area's, as long as the student in the chair is presenting their own work.
- Beginning writers can share drawings with captions or limited text.

CCSS.ELA - Literacy.RL.1.2 - Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.