is Author's Chair?
strategy provides a way for readers to share with each other the
excitement of a particular moment in relation to a book or to their
own writing. Author's Chair is the final step in the writing process.
A special time and place is allotted to writers who wish to share
their final products with an audience. Because the writing has already
gone through revising and editing based on constructive criticism,
Author's Chair is an opportunity for the writer to receive positive
feedback from their classmates. The student in the author's chair
reads aloud a selected piece of text or a piece of their own writing.
Peers then have an opportunity to respond to what is read aloud.
is its purpose?
develop students' concept of authorship
emphasize that students' ideas and experiences are worthy of preservation
develop collaborative learning abilities and peer editing skills
an audience for hard work done well is a motivating force for
children to write more in the future.
an active-listening audience member, students develop listening
and attention span skills.
written work requires reflection and critical thinking abilities.
Giving and receiving feedback is beneficial for both parties.
Both the presenter and the audience member's own writing improves
as a result of the critique.
can I do it?
the audience, an individual reads a personal draft or polished
author shares accompanying illustrations with the audience.
audience is respectful and accepting of the author's efforts.
author requests comments from audience members.
responses are positive.
focus upon favourite events and characters or particularly interesting
and impressive uses of language.
author or audience direct questions about the clarity and the
effectiveness of passages, or about the language structures or
audience offers suggestions.
teachers model and guide audience responses.
can I adapt it?
writers can share drawings with captions or limited text.
could share their writing with younger students.
"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. Items for display
should be chosen by the author.
children time to share their reasoning at the 'math author's chair,'
a special chair for students to explain to their classmates their
own solution to a problem.
procedure should apply to writing efforts in all subject areas.
Examples of narrative and expository writing should be shared.
& Evaluation Considerations
interest and participation as authors and listeners is observed
comments posed and questions asked about drafts which identify
needs for instruction.
could be audio or video taped