Weekly strategy: Teach kids about tailoring their writing for different audiences using RAFT.


RAFT is a writing strategy that helps students understand their role as a writer, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. By using this strategy, teachers encourage students to write creatively, to consider a topic from a different perspective, and to gain practice writing for different audiences.

Why use RAFT?

  •     -It includes writing from different viewpoints.
  •     -It helps students learn important writing skills such as audience, main idea, and organization.
  •     -It teaches students to think creatively about writing by responding to the following prompts:
  •     Role of the Writer: Who or what are you as the writer? A pilgrim? A soldier? The President?
  •     Audience: To whom are you writing? A friend? Your teacher? Readers of a newspaper?
  •     Format: In what format are you writing? A letter? A poem? A speech?
  •     Topic and strong verb: What are you writing about? Why? What's the subject or the point?
  •     -It can be used across various content areas

When to use:  -Before reading    -During reading        -After reading
How to use:    -Individually           -With small groups  -Whole class setting

How to use RAFT

  1.     Display a completed RAFT example on the overhead.
  2.     Describe each of these using simple examples: role, audience, format, and topic. (It may be helpful to write the elements on chart paper or a bulletin board for future reference).
  3.     Model how to write responses to the prompts, and discuss the key elements as a class. Teachers should keep this as simple and concise as possible for younger students.
  4.     Have students practice responding to prompts individually, or in small groups. At first, it may be best to have all students react to the same prompt so the class can learn from varied responses.

Source and templates: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/raft/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia

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