The hot seat activity is a strategy to promote higher-level thinking (Mecier, 2014). The student gets to be a specific character and the rest of the class gets to ask the character questions (Mercier, 2014). This allows the class to think of questions to begin thinking like a character would think (Mercier, 2014). Children begin to think about the topic and about how the story happened. They think the way the character may have thought.
Steps to doing a lesson using the hot seat include: teaching the students how to ask and answer the questions, deciding on small groups or large group hot seats, and modeling the hot seat before beginning (Mercier, 2014).