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1 An educational service agency RAFTing the Rapids of Content Literacy Susan Sauerland, Reading Specialist

2 copyright 2006

3 Goals and Objectives Explore the concept of RAFT Introduce various RAFT applications Brainstorm more applications Practice RAFT applications in different content areas copyright 2006

4 Why Use RAFT? RAFT addresses the four metacognitive conversation areas as delineated by the Reading Apprenticeship ® Framework copyright 2006

5 And these are…. copyright 2006

6 And these are…. copyright 2006

7 And these are…. copyright 2006

8 And these are…. copyright 2006

9 Differentiated Instruction RAFT can be adapted to all reading and learning levels; from non-readers to gifted copyright 2006

10 What is RAFT? Role-who or what you are writing as Audience-who or what you are writing to Format-type of writing Topic-what you are writing about

11 Role Themselves Historical figure Fictional figure Animal Vegetable Mineral copyright 2006

12 Audience Peers Historical contemporaries Systems (body, plant, etc.) Readers Fictional characters Teachers copyright 2006

13 Format Letters Memos Poems Ballads Obituaries ABC books copyright 2006

14 Anything that puts the student into the heart of the content (or their toes in the bay!) copyright Topic

15 copyright 2006

16 Literature Hatchet memo Hatchet postcard NightJohn obituary copyright 2006

17 Literature Practice Your turn! Role-3 rd little pig (the one in the brick house) Audience-Mama (you know, the one who sent you out into the cold, cruel world) Format-Postcard (at least 6 sentences) Topic (choose) –My lazy brothers crashing my pad –The strength of my new brick house –The big bad wolf copyright 2006

18 Literature Practice Your turn! Role-3 rd little pig (the one in the brick house) Audience-Mama (you know, the one who sent you out into the cold, cruel world) Format-Postcard (at least 6 sentences) Topic (choose) –My lazy brothers crashing my pad –The strength of my new brick house –The big bad wolf copyright 2006

19 Social Studies Concentration camp letter Constitutional Convention 2 voice poem copyright 2006

20 Social Studies Practice Your turn! copyright RoleGold minerMerchantLocal farmer AudienceFamilyBank loan officersNewspaper readers FormatLetter home Letter to a bank asking for a loan Editorial drawing of farm before and after TopicGold Rush conditions

21 Health Role-the cold virus Audience-human body Format- –Diagram –Essay –Ballad Topic-what I’m going to do to you! copyright 2006

22 Health Practice Format-ballad –4 verses 1 st what a virus is 2 nd how the virus is spread 3 rd what it does to the body 4 th how to avoid Refrain –I’m a common cold virus, –Happy, wild, and free –Let me invade your body –I’ll make you miserable as can be! copyright 2006

23 Science For example, differentiated end of unit assessment from least to most language extensive copyright 2006

24 Atmosphere Unit Assessment RoleAudienceFormatTopic Advertising AgencySchool Poster CompanyPosterEarth’s Atmosphere Tour GuideAtmosphere TouristsTravel GuideGuide through Earth’s atmosphere either from Earth’s surface to outer space or from outer space to Earth’s surface EnvironmentalistLegislatorsTri-fold informational brochure Earth’s atmosphere Magazine writerMagazine readersInterviewInterview with Planet Earth about its relationship with its atmosphere copyright 2006

25 Math Often the content area most devoid of writing So…. –What could kids do? copyright 2006

26 Math copyright 2006

27 Anything Else? ABC books for unit vocabulary –Illustrations? –Use q and/or xyz for summaries copyright 2006

28 To review….. We’ve- –Looked at how RAFT fits into instructional framework –Seen some examples and had some practice –Brainstormed other applications copyright 2006

29 Reflection Think –About how you can use RAFT Pair –Talk about it with your neighbor Share –With us! copyright 2006

30 Go forth and take your kids from here… copyright 2006

31 To here! copyright 2006


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