I prefaced the reading of each piece by saying what had stood out to me, so that they knew what to be listening for. I didn't tell who the author of each piece was, but being 7th graders, they HAD to try to guess. If the author revealed themselves, fine, but other wise, I wouldn't tell. They really enjoyed the pieces. When I finished, the kids asked if I would do that every day; pick the ones I liked and read them. Of course I agreed! I'm hoping that this will motivate some of them to try harder. I know it might be demotivating for some, but hopefully the fact that I don't reveal the author- nor confirm if they guess right, will provide enough protection.