The Graveyard Book RAFT Writing Project contains a Common Core-ready writing project for the English/Language Arts classroom.This is a culminating project to end a unit of study on Neil Gaiman’s popular novel.
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 reading comprehension assessment and writing projects?
(1) They require higher-order thinking skills: students must role-play as the character they choose and utilize unique character traits to
write a convincing response.
(2) They are extremely difficult to plagiarize or copy from the Internet. This is NOT a book 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.
The packet includes:
(1) a classroom-ready printable of the RAFT for The Graveyard Book;
(2) a rubric that you might use to evaluate students after completion of the project;
(3) a character analysis journal that students might use to jot down their impressions of characters they meet in the novel**;
(4) a Ticket-out-the-Door exit slip to summarize the lesson;
(5) and step-by-step instructions if you should choose to create a classroom blog on EduBlogs for publication.***
**The journal pages might be used as a way for students to keep track of the characters as they read the novel. Doing so will allow them to better understand the character they choose to role-play (or better understand their audience) in their RAFT writing project.
***Consider implementing the classroom blogging tutorial to engage your students with a blogging project. Along the way, you will meet an otherwise tricky Common Core State Standards (CCSS) technology standard.
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