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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Have you ever used a RAFT?

RAFT is a student choice project which allows students to show their knowledge of a subject in a variety of ways.

The above RAFT is one I created for a unit we are doing on Jane Addams.  Students have 6 project options that they can do which shows their knowledge of Jane Addams.

RAFT stands for Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. Students read across the row to determine which project will be best for them.  For example, a student may choose to be a social worker who is writing a letter to his parents explaining to them why he is so glad that he chose to be a social worker.  In the letter, he would list the jobs that a social worker at the beginning of the 20th century would have done.  This would be done in a way that keeps the voice of a child to a parent and follows the format of a letter.

The formats labeled DIGITAL are broad on purpose.  I have tried to expose my students to many different online tools as well as other publishing tools, and the digital term means they can use any of them...Photostory, Prezi, Glogster, Powerpoint, SMART Notebook...  All children will be encouraged to type their project.  Time is given in class for the work to be done because it is an assessment, and I want the child's ideas.

Have you ever used a RAFT?  In what subject did you use it?  The students appreciate the choice options, and I like the differentiated options that can reach learners at all levels show their understanding in a way that best suits them.

You can access a copy of the above RAFT plus the rubric I use to score it by clicking on the image above.

3 comments:

Pat's Paper Passion said...

It's a sign that you've been teaching for many years when projects start reappearing. Thanks for the brain jolt! I've used this in the past (way past), but now that I'm teaching 5th grade social studies...this is just the project I need for the end of our colonial days unit (way better than a quiz or test)...BIG THANKS

Pat

Jennifer said...

I've taught RAFT in the past (in writing) but never thought of expanding it into the content areas. Thanks for the fabulous idea!!!!

Leon D.Bell said...

You could definitely see your skills within the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.
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