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Raft Card 1:

Row 1

ROLE (student)
Journalist

AUDIENCE
Peers

FORMAT
Newspaper Article

TOPIC
The unemployment
rate in Pennsylvania
has remained largely
unchanged for the
past 4 quarters.

Objective:
11th Grade English: You will write an article related to the current unemployment rate in your
home state.
Student Role: Journalist
Audience: Peers
Format: Newspaper Article
Topic: The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has remained largely unchanged for the past 4
quarters.

Directions:
1. Visit http://www.paworkstats.pa.gov/portal/server.pt/community/home/19890 to learn
about current and historical unemployment rates in Pennsylvania.
2. Research contributing factors to the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania.
3. Create an outline for your article.
4. Write your article based on research and outline.
Resources:

Visit PA Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
http://www.paworkstats.pa.gov/portal/server.pt/community/home/19890
Visit YCharts for a listing of recent unemployment articles related to Pennsylvania
http://ycharts.com/indicators/pennsylvania_unemployment_rate
Read: Readers respond: What Causes Unemployment
http://useconomy.about.com/u/ua/economicindicators/unemployment-survive.htm

Assessment:
Write a 500 word article on the Pennsylvania unemployment rate and what the causal factors
may be.
This assignment is worth 50 points and the student will be graded on the articles grammar,
factuality and ability to grab the readers attention.

Raft Card 2:

Row 2

ROLE (student)
Historian

AUDIENCE
Peer Group

FORMAT
Pamphlet

TOPIC
What were the

highlights of
President
Washingtons time
in office?

Objective:
10th Grade History: You will be able to describe the first year of George Washingtons
presidency.
Student Role: Historian
Audience: Peer Group
Format: Pamphlet
Topic: What were the highlights of President Washingtons time in office?

Directions:
1. Visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/georgewashington and read the short
biography of George Washington
2. Visit http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-first-president/ and learn of the
Presidents time in office.
3. Research famous pamphlets to gain an understanding of the medium.
4. Create an outline and rough draft of the pamphlet.
5. Create the pamphlet for readership
Resources:
Visit WhiteHouse.gov to learn of President Washington
http://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/georgewashington

Visit MountVernon.org to get a more in depth view of the nations first president.
http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-first-president/

Assessment:
Create a 5 page pamphlet regarding the presidency of George Washington.
This assignment will be worth 50 points. Points will be earned based on the papers writing style,
visual appeal and factuality in relation to the subject matter.

Raft Card 3:

Row 3

ROLE (student)
Artist

AUDIENCE
Peers

FORMAT
Cartoon

TOPIC
Superhero X is
born.

Objective:
12th Grade Art: Create a new superhero
Student Role: Artist
Audience: Peers
Format: Cartoon
Topic: Superhero X is born.

Directions:
1. Create a new superhero.
2. Write a 300 word essay describing how the Superhero comes to be.
3. Visit http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero to create a visual of
your superhero.
4. Create a dialogue for the comic strip
5. Create the illustration for the comic strip
6. Add the dialogue to the comic strip to finalize the 12 square storyboard.

Resources:
Create your own superhero
http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero
Listen to Stan Lee talk about creating a superhero.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jvQW5ccXig

Assessment:
Create a 12 square comic story board related to the beginning of a superhero of your own design.
This assignment will be worth 100 points. Your grade will be based on the creativity of the
backstory, the artistic value of the strip and how the dialogue furthers the illustration.