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Writing Across the Curriculum: R.A.F.T. Prompts
using RAFT assignments to teach perspective and to make writing tasks more authentic

Meet Terra Graves, a Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant since 2004. Terra wrote the following introduction to the fifth and final module in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Writing Across the Curriculum Guide:

"Before I moved to middle school, I taught sixth grade for nine years. What did I least look forward to...the state writing assessment! Why? Because the prompts that the students had to respond to were so…so…blah! Usually, just about everyone could write to the prompt, but it wasn’t always very meaningful to them.

"When I discovered the R.A.F.T. prompts, my prompt aversion promptly subsided. These are wonderful! The students like them because the prompts can be customized to what they are learning. R.A.F.T. prompts encourage writing that is meaningful. The writing they produce actually expands their understanding of a concept. Because of the different aspects of the prompt, students must assume a different point of view (ROLE) to shape the information (TOPIC) they learned into a particular format.

"When my students got to create their own prompts, I couldn’t believe what they came up with. Once they’re given the structure of the R.A.F.T. prompt, and the 'menus' to help them, they treated it like it was a game. I encourage content area teachers everywhere to use this strategy to elicit meaningful writing for learning in their classes.

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The Stow-Away's Perspective

Northern Nevada teacher Pam Ashby shared with us this RAFT writing assignment she created for her third graders as an introduction to RAFT writing assignments. Her assignment is inspired by the picture book Tough Boris by Mem Fox.

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We sent Pam a copy of the NNWP's publication, 6 x 6 Guide: Traits With Primary Writers for sharing this lesson with us.

What's Your Fifth Element?

Northern Nevada middle school teacher Carol Lubet shared with us this RAFT writing assignment that she uses with her students in order to introduce the RAFT writing format.

Click here to open the on-line assignment that Carol proposed and published during an in-service class for teachers sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

This lesson is also featured in the NNWP's Persuasive Writing Across the Curriculum Inservice Class.

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Unusual Friendly Letters

Northern Nevada teacher Jennifer Mitchell shared with us this RAFT writing assignment she created for her elementary students as an review to writing friendly letters. Her assignment is inspired by the picture book Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague.

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A Vocabulary Fashion Show

Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant Sandy Madura shared with us this RAFT writing assignment she created for her elementary students as an review to writing friendly letters. Her assignment is inspired by the picture book Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier.

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A Most Nutritious Election

Nevada teachers Samantha Schoolroy and Julie Schmidt sent us charming student samples from their nutrition unit, and helped them build the lesson into an on-line RAFTS prompt. In this lesson, students assume the role of a fruit or vegetable they've studied, then they write a campaign on why their fruit or vegetable should be elected "The most nutritious" in an upcoming election.

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Character Credo Poem

Nevada high school teacher, Tracey Albee, attended our Persuasive Writing Class and proposed this poetry lesson, which she uses to help her students discover the voice of characters in novels they are studying. After brainstorming the beliefs of a character, students create free-verse poems from the character's perspective. After reading the poems out loud, fellow students try to guess which character the student's poem belongs to.

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