Author's Chair #4

Presented by: Dakota Smith

What is Author's Chair?

Author's chair is a specific chair in the classroom that is used only when students share their written work throughout its various stages. This chair should only be used when the kids are presenting their work and can be any type of chair as long as it's clearly marked and identifable. This strategy can be used in all primary grades and is great for developing a sense of ownership and authorship.

Why use this Strategy

-Learn about published authors and themselves as authors

-Sharing their work with classmates allows them to become authors

-Experience writing for various purposes, forms and audiences.

-Provides students with peer and teacher feedback and celebration of their work

How to use this Strategy

1. Choose a special chair. It can be any type of chair; rocking chair, lawn chair, painters stool, etc. Add a sign that says Author's Chair or paint the chair.

2. Explain how the chair will be used. Student-authors will sit in the chair and classmates sit on the floor or in chairs in front of the student presenting.

3. Sit in the author's chair. Practice doing what you as the teacher have explained.

4. Share writing. The student's read their work out loud along with showing any accompanying illustrations.

5. Invite listeners to comment. Peers can now raise their hands and provide comments, ask questions, or give compliments.

6. Call on classmates. The student in the author's chair can now call on other kids to share their thoughts.

When to use this Strategy

Author's chair can be used anytime during all phases of writing. Students can share drafts to get peer feedback or share final drafts to get appropriate praise and compliments. It can also be used to present writing projects such as individual stories, group books, or final writing samples for a thematic unit. A more modern take on this strategy is a hi-tech author's chair where kids can display their work on a projector or document camera. This allows peers to read along and reflect back to help with constructive feedback.

Common Core Standards

This strategy supports the standards for Reading: Foundational Skills and Writing

- Students write for various audiences

-Students publish their writing

-Students read accurately and with expression to support comprehension