RAFT Writing Strategy
Strategy #35 by Stephanie Long
What Is It?
Role of the Writer: Who or what are you as the writer? A princess? 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?
Why use RAFT?
- It shows students how to write from different view points
- It helps students learn key writing details they need to include, like audience, main idea, and organization
- It encourages students to get more creative with their writing
- It can be used for several content areas
How to Use RAFT
- Teach about each of the different sections on the graphic organizer to be filled out
- Model how to fill in and give details for each section
- Have the students complete the different RAFT sections
- Can be completed individually, in small groups, or as a whole class
- Can be completed before, during, or after a reading
Common Core Standards
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.