Graham & herbert demonstrate the necessity of daily writing activities in social studies content classes my students demonstrate their understanding of history standards via meal and raft writing assignments. Writing across the curriculum: raft prompts using raft assignments to teach perspective and to make writing tasks more authentic meet terra graves , a northern nevada writing project consultant since 2004. Raft is a writing strategy that helps students understand their roles as writers, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. Social studies reading and writing activities the division of social sciences has developed this reading and writing activity packet to provide support for social. Through feedback, revision, and conferencing the social studies instructor is supporting the student through a writing process writing to learn provides opportunities for students to explain their current understanding of the learning and concepts being explored in the classroom.
One really great short writing assignment for social studies is a criss strategy called raft it can be written after any reading, class discussion or other classroom experience. Rafts: this is a writing strategy where students take on a role to write for a specific audience the format might be a letter, speech, poster, video, or other display. Raft is a writing strategy in which students respond to a writing prompt that requires them to consider various point of views it helps students understand their role as a writer, the audiences they will address, the varied formats of writing, and the topic they'll be writing about.
The book chook: make writing fun - fairy tale raft activities pg the promise of the differentiated class find this pin and more on raft by danielle worley good examples for raft writing activities using fairly common stories that students will most likely know. This raft is designed to be used by student in a second grade class as they are learning about endangered and extinct animals in science and natural resources in social studies. Using writing to learn to activate prior knowledge in social studies writing has long been acknowledged as an aid in understanding the concepts and ideas being written about (zinsser, 1988) it invites students to speculate, predict, and brainstorm. The to kill a mockingbird raft writing project contains a common core-ready writing project for the english/language arts or social studies classroomthis is a culminating project to end a unit of study on harper lee's famous novel.
This strategy guide introduces the raft technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing the more often students write, the more proficient they become as writers raft is a writing strategy that helps. Writing across the curriculum: raft prompts for history & social studies class building a writing prompt that challenges students to think deeply about history classroom writing assignments can feel very unauthentic to our students.
A blank raft form (to print) states social studies, but the framework could still be used blank 4 block square ms word template which could be customized and printed for assignments that related to raft work. The purpose of rafts is to give students a fresh way to think about approaching their writing it occupies a nice middle ground between standard, dry essays and free-for-all creative writing. Through journal writing in social studies, kids can write about interesting topics meaningful to them in the process, they make curriculum connections and analyze cultural beliefs and attitudes the easiest way to incorporate creative writing ideas into social studies and history writing prompts is to use the rafts technique, outlined here. The rafts technique (santa, 1988) is a system to help students understand their role as a writer, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the expected content.
Rafts is the acronym for role, audience, form, topic, and strong verb it is used to help writers focus when tackling a writing prompt offered by melissa tuttle with upper elementary and middle school students in mind. Curriculum: raft prompts for history & social studies class building a writing prompt that challenges students to think deeply about history classroom writing assignments can feel very unauthentic to our students. Social studies ⇒science the arts and uncover new ideas as they write writing-to-learn activities encourage the kind of reflection on learning that improves.
Writing: an important element in learning social studies teachers of social studies are faced with the task of assisting students in the acquisition of important knowledge, concepts, and skills. This is a resource i created to introduce my 6th grade social studies class to the raft writing strategy in this activity, the strategy is explained, some sample social studies-related raft prompts are introduced, and students have the opportunity to brainstorm more raft ideas. Students use raft prompts to write about mayan society in this lesson on mayan culture, students research and then explain the mayan hierarchy and social structure as a culminating activity each student will write a newspaper article.