How many of you use RAFTS in your classroom? A RAFT is a writing project that outlines the assignment in a concise and organized way. You assign students the RAFT by selecting the Role, Audience, Format, Topic, and a Strong Word. You can use RAFTS for larger writing projects or as a method to check for understanding. One of my favorite RAFTS that I use in my room is the Pumpkin RAFT. Here's the project:
FORMAT-- Persuasive Essay
TOPIC--Please don't carve/smash me!
I use the five-paragraph essay format for this project. Kids enjoy taking the perspective of a pumpkin. I usually do some "inspirational activities" before the writing project begins to help them think like a pumpkin, namely "babysitting" one for a while. We even adopt one for a class pet for a week. Good times! :)
RAFTs can be used for anything though! Teaching about the circulatory system?
ROLE--Red Blood Cell
AUDIENCE--Other parts of the blood
FORMAT--Thank you note
TOPIC--Thanks for your help with doing my job!
Teaching place value?
AUDIENCE--3rd Graders (or whatever grade you teach)
TOPIC--How to place me in between periods