RAFT is a writing strategy that can be used in all content areas and offers students a choice in their writing assignment. R stands for Role - the person or thing that students will become. A is for Audience - the person or people who will be reading the finished product. F is for Format - the way in which the writing will be done. Examples might include letter, brochure, memo, speech, or advertisement. T stands for Topic - what the writing will discuss. Students can demonstrate their mastery of content knowledge in this manner. A RAFT allows for differentiated instruction because students get choice in their assignment based on their interest. The RAFT is similar to the FAT-P (Format, Audience, Topic, Purpose) that is used in the Academic Prompts in the Instructional Guides on Teach 21.
Websites on RAFT:
Instructional Strategies Online: RAFT
Greece, NY: RAFT