HOT SEAT: Interactive Reading Strategy and Quick-Demo Mini-Lesson
When I want
students to explore and connect with characters in a short story or novel, my
favorite strategy - hands down - is Hot Seat.
The activity is
called Hot Seat (after the idiomatic phrase “in the Hot Seat”) because students
have to think quickly and respond to their classmates’ tough questions and
I love it because
student is involved,
students to collaborate,
…it requires no
preparation at all.
contains visual and text-only instructions along with my #1 favorite
mini-lesson to demo this strategy which never fails to entertain, surprise and
What You Get:
Hot Seat Quick-Start Activity
which includes a short story, a prediction slide (which add the
first bit of drama to the lesson), and the post-reading star of the show, HOT SEAT.
Extension Activities including a fun writing prompt assessment
and the HOT SEAT 2.0 variation that I use as an interactive close reading task for
more complex texts
The Hot Seat activity
helps students empathize with characters, analyze direct quotes, and draw
inferences about motivations. I have found that even shy students enjoy
participating in this activity. Since all responses are developed by the group,
the fear of being judged for giving an incomplete or inaccurate response is
minimized or eliminated.