Over the years, I’ve found that Author’s Chair is probably one of my students’ all-time favorite activities. They beg for Author’s Chair, and I love that they do!
The main purpose of Author’s Chair is to motivate students to write by allowing them to feel that their writing is valued and worthy of sharing.
Author’s Chair also provides opportunities for students to apply critical thinking and listening skills as they analyze, critique, and reflect on the writing of their peers as well as their own writing.
It’s been my experience that Author’s Chair consistently results in a dramatic increase in the self-confidence of many young writers and motivates them to write again and again.
This file has some handy-dandy resources to help make sure that your Author’s Chair is not only fun, but meaningful and successful as well. Not only that, but you’ll find some tools that will help guide your students through the NARRATIVE writing process prior to their Author’s Chair.
For editing purposes, I chose to put everything in a Power Point Presentation. Included in the Power Point you will find:
1. 6-Traits Writers Checklist (Small copy is for ELA Journals.)
2. Writing Process Magnet Organizer
(Make a copy. Glue onto a small rectangular metal cookie sheet. Purchase magnets on which to glue the students’ names. This will help you to keep up with where each student is during the writing process.)
3. Student Name Tags for Magnets
4. Transitions Poster
5. Narrative Planning Graphic Organizer
6. Assorted Author’s Chair and Writers Motivational Posters
7. Author’s Chair Rules
8. T-A-G Audience Comment Guide (for ELA journals)
9. Audience Question Stems Guide (for ELA journals)