Would you like to enliven your 20th century American history or science lesson with a fun, challenging writing project? The Apollo 11 Moon Landing RAFT Writing Project contains a RAFT writing project for the social studies or science classroom.
This project may be used as a creative research project or as a summarizing assignment to end a unit of study on Apollo 11.
What is a RAFT, you might ask? RAFT is an acronym for a powerful writing strategy that provides rigor, flexibility, and variety. RAFT stands for Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.
A RAFT can be implemented in all content areas, thus making it an excellent Writing Across the Curriculum resource. Young writers might pursue one of several genres of writing (expository, narrative, descriptive, argumentative or persuasive) to create one of several products (letter, television commercial, diary entry, etc.).
I define this further in the packet.
Why are RAFTS wonderful for comprehension assessment and writing projects?
(1) They require higher-order thinking skills: students must role-play as the character they choose and utilize unique traits to
write a convincing response.
(2) They are extremely difficult to plagiarize or copy from the Internet. This is NOT a traditional report. Students must synthesize key details and create a brand new writing.
(3) As a result, students will emerge from the writing project with a much better understanding of the assigned reading. After all, they must demonstrate mastery in the project.
In this project, students have four writing options to choose from. They may role-play as an observer at Cape Kennedy, a television news reporter, Neil Armstrong himself, or a NASA CAPCOM communicating with the Apollo 11 crew.
The packet includes (1) a classroom-ready printable of the RAFT for the Apollo 11 lesson;
(2) a rubric that you might use to evaluate students after completion of the project;
(3) step-by-step instructions if you should choose to create a classroom blog on EduBlogs for publication.***
(4) and a "Ticket out the Door" summarizing strategy to gauge what students learned in the unit or project
***Consider implementing the classroom blogging tutorial to engage your students with a blogging project.
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Writing Project + Rubric + Edublogs Blogging Tutorial
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