Eighth grade students in Mrs. Tina Gilbert’s English classes recently learned about the writing strategy, R.A.F.T.. Gilbert explained that using this strategy students analyzed how writing changes when the purpose and audience for our writing changes.
Gilbert shared that throughout the month of November, the literary focus was on mood, tone, foreshadowing, irony, and suspense. After reading each short story, students completed R.A.F.T. assignments where they wrote for a specific role, audience, format, and topic*.
“They tapped into creative writing skills to capture the proper mood, tone, and style of each literary piece by writing newspaper articles to reflect their understanding of characterization, key plot points, and new vocabulary,” explained Gilbert. “They also focused on author's style and word choice by producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style were appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.”
In addition, students also enjoyed reading and discussing the role of mood, tone, foreshadowing, irony, and suspense in Mara Rockliff’s dramatic interpretation of “The Monkey's Paw” by W. W. Jacobs.
Below is a video montage of photos and video, created by Mrs. Gilbert, of her students working on the R.A.F.T. writing strategy and reading the play.
Role of the Writer: Who or what are you as the writer?
Audience: To whom are you writing?
Format: In what format are you writing?
Topic: What are you writing about?