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RAFT Letter Assignment
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My Dear Seniors,
Today I am asking you to produce a rather different type of essay or project. You have had experience with 5-paragraph essays, but they have almost always been written for your teachers, especially English teachers. Today you are going to write a RAFT paper.
In working through the RAFT paper, you are not going to be a student (you) writing for a teacher (me); instead, you get to choose your role, your audience, your format, and your style. Sound fun? I sure hope so! Definitions of these four key ingredients are as follows:
R = Role of the writer: Who are you? a soldier, Grendel or his mother, the slave who stole the cup, a drop of blood, a tree or sword, an insect. Who?
A = Audience: To whom is this written? King Hygelac, King Hrothgar, Wiglaf, Beowulf’s men (either in Denmark or Geatland), the Geat people, Beowulf’s barrow, a rock? Your choices are endless, so be creative.
F = Format: What form will it take: letter, speech, obituary, conversation, memo, journal, diary, debate, bill? You’re in charge!
T = Topic + strong verb: Persuade Unferth to donate his sword for Beowulf’s hall; demand a new book be published; plead for a statue or library to honor Beowulf.
Please note that RAFT papers are written from a viewpoint other thanyours as a student. Your job in the role you choose is to clarify, plead,convince, explain, bargain, request, urge, etc., rather than simply write.
Have fun with this assignment. Good luck!!!
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This particular RAFT assignment is set up for use with Beowulf, but it is one of the most adaptable assignments I've ever used.