Tip: Hot Seat
How do I do it?
Choose one or several willing students to come to the front of the room to portray characters that you are studying. The rest of the class asks them questions of their own, pre-written questions you’ve passed out on cards, or study guide questions created for a test. The students in the hot seat must answer as if they are that character. For example, What is your name? How old are you? What is good about you? What are your problems? How would you describe yourself? etc.
Alternatives & Extensions
Explain that the character has time-traveled to the present day. This allows the class to make comparisons between past and present contexts and events. You can also have up to 5 hot seats with 5 people in character who must answer the questions one by one as a discussion panel might. This allows for more complex thinking and connections, especially if you chose people from different time periods and social groups. Some questions that can be written on notecards for students to ask: What is your biggest challenge? How are you a winner? What are the major problems in you life and in society? What do you hear on a day-to-day basis? What do you see on a day-to-day basis? What have you done for people? How would you describe yourself? What are your hopes and dreams?
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 3
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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