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Short Story Writing Lessons from WritingFix..."The Long Rain" by Ray Bradbury

A Short Story-inspired Writing Lesson
A R.A.F.T. Writing Prompt from WritingFix

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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.


Role Audience Format Topic Strong verb
Defense Attorney or Prosecuting Attorney Jury Opening and/or Closing Arguments at a Murder Trial How responsible for Doodle's death was the Brother? Persuade

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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

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