a R.A.F.T. Lesson: Guilty or Innocent? how symbolic details make a case
inspired by James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis"
This R.A.F.T. prompt was created by Rebekah Foster of the Northern Nevada Writing Project during a workshop for teachers.
This RAFT writing prompt was inspired by James Hurst's short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," which can be found in many short story collections, including the one pictured at right. Before writing to this page's prompt, students should read and discuss the craft of this fine short story author! A summary of the short story can be found below.
Defense Attorney or Prosecuting Attorney
Opening and/or Closing Arguments at a Murder Trial
How responsible for Doodle's death was the Brother?
When I wrote up this lesson in the summer of 2009, I realized I had not saved any of the student samples from the many years that I taught this lesson. I am figuring out when I will teach it again, so I can post samples from my own students, but if you teach the lesson and end up with a great student sample that can be photographed and sent over e-mail to me, I will happily send you one of the NNWP's Print Publications for sharing. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.