Over the past four classes, the students have been collecting, organizing, and drafting their How-to stories. We learned about RAFT as a writing strategy that helps to guide our writing. The R stands for Role, the A stands for Audience, the F stands for Format, and the T stands for Topic. It is important for writers to identify these things before they commit words to a page.
After the students made a plan using the RAFT graphic organizer, they did some prewriting and then drafting. They listened to the story How to Babysit a Grandpa for ideas on elaboration.
The key concepts for this week included: writing an introduction and expanding on the abbreviated list of steps completed during the prewriting stage. I look forward to continuing the work next week with the groups.