A few years ago, I learned in the 6+1 Writing Traits training a strategy of having students write stories in the RAFT format (Role, Audience, Format, Topic Sentence). A great big light bulb went off and I realized that I could have students learn a great deal more about any topic by having them do an assignment that they could not just copy from an encyclopedia or website. The first assignment was a replacement for the 'instrument unit' in which they take on the role of an instrument. The kids had to know a lot about an instrument in order to complete the assignment. The results were really funny and great.
- Role- Instrument
- Audience- Other sixth grade students
- Format- Diary
- Topic Sentence- About my life
If you have been having kids right 'reports', try hopping on the life RAFT and escape to some great learning experiences!