Planning With T he ELA Shifts In Mind. What Are We Learning About Today?. Objective:. Describe instructional strategies that incorporate the ELA Shifts . Success Criteria:.
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After learning about the creation of the Constitution through multiple nonfiction resources…
Students are given the following RAFT writing task…
I’m confused! Before I can begin writing, I need to be able to understand the RAFT task! What is it asking me to do?
Let’s do a close read of the RAFT task to find out!
The audience for this RAFT task are the readers of the Colonial Times newspaper. In this case, the audience is not specifically stated and must be inferred.
Your role is a reporter. Since the RAFT is not asking the student take on the role of a specific reporter, they are having to create this character for their writing.
The topic for this RAFT is to describe the events of the Constitutional Convention. This includes your “interview” with a Founding Father. Evidence from all texts should be used.
The format for this RAFT task will be a newspaper article. Are my students experienced at writing in this particular format?
What are some obstacles students might encounter in responding to this RAFT task if they do not close read the task?
The “Defining The RAFT” strategymight be able to help because it causes students to close read a task!
Who am I? How can I describe myself?
What are my feelings, ideas, and concerns?
What do I know that I need to share in my writing?
Since the students are creating a fictional reporter, this is a narrative piece of writing. How could the “Defining the RAFT” strategy assist students with RAFT tasks for all genres of writing- opinion, narrative and informational?
The Personality and Attitude help to develop the “Voice” in the student's writing!
This is text based evidence!!
How do you think the “Defining the RAFT” strategycould help your students with Shift 5, Writing From Sources?
The “4-2-1 Write” strategy might be able to help students navigate complex text!
How do you think the “4-2-1 Write” strategyis going to help your students with Shift 3, Staircase of Complexity?
Now that you have seen some strategies, let’s get ready to COLLABORATE!
Duration could be over multiple class periods
Write the ELA Shift that will be the focus of your instruction. Then identify the other ELA Shifts that will be present in instruction.
Write the technology or technology resources you might use- websites, videos, etc.
Write the Tier II and III Vocabulary you will need to incorporate into instruction
Write the steps for facilitating instruction
Describe the assessment you will use. How will you know the students understood the objective?
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Silver, H., Dewing, R., & Perini, M. (2012). The core six essential strategies for achieving excellence with the common core. Alexandria: ASCD.