What it means?

Role of the Writer: Who or what are you as the writer? A pilgrim? A soldier? The President?

Audience: To whom are you writing? A friend? Your teacher? Readers of a newspaper?

Format: In what format are you writing? A letter? A poem? A speech?

Topic and strong verb: What are you writing about? Why? What’s the subject or the point?


How to use it?

  1. Display a completed RAFT example on the overhead.
  2. Describe each of these using simple examples: role, audience, format, and topic. (It may be helpful to write the elements on chart paper or a bulletin board for future reference).
  3. Model how to write responses to the prompts, and discuss the key elements as a class. Teachers should keep this as simple and concise as possible for younger students.
  4. Have students practice responding to prompts individually, or in small groups. At first, it may be best to have all students react to the same prompt so the class can learn from varied responses.

(n.d.). Raft. Retrieved from Reading Rockets website: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/raft/



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