1. Display the following information on an overhead:
The RAFT procedure: Explain they will use their materials
to write an assignment using the RAFT procedure.
2. Define RAFT for the students.
R = Role of the writer: Who are you?
A = Audience: To Whom is this written?
F = Format: What form will it take?
T = Topic: What important topic have I chosen?
3. The RAFT activity will be on the Great Depression
period. Information learned in the previous lesson
can be used, but students are not restricted
to that information
and should conduct additional research.
Note for students: Their textbooks have stories
featuring real people that will help.
4. Students will choose a role to represent and
consider to whom and how to communicate the information.
will be addressed in their communiqué.
5. Display Overhead 1 listing SOME ideas for
Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.
6. Give students one class period to write their
paper using notes from Tasks 1 and 2 of previous
(Task 1 notes should be returned for use as a
7. Have student authors turn in their work. Another
student will review the work of fellow classmates.
Hand out the
work to student reviewers, giving the product
to a student who was not the author. The reader
Audience and respond to written product by filling
in Handout 1.
8. Have students staple Handout 1 to the work
9. The work should be returned to the student
author so they are given the opportunity to address
comments. The student must then re-write their work.
10. The new and final re-write should be stapled
to the original draft and review (Handout 1).
11. End the
lesson by reminding
taking on a
they have new
lives as well
change in the
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