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Raft Task Card

Row 1

ROLE (student)

AUDIENCE

FORMAT

News reporter from


this century

People of Salem,
Massachusetts.

News broadcast
video

Witches in Salem
cause mayhem
and hysteria

Gatsby or Daisy

General public

Blog Post

Today I was
reunited with
Gatsby (or Daisy)

Beowulf

Danes

Prezi Presentation

Plan of Attack

Row 2
Row 3

TOPIC

RAFT Row 1
Objective: You will be able to offer alternatives to witchcraft and understand how
allegations affect the masses.
Student Role: News reporter from this century
Audience: People of Salem, Massachusetts
Format: News broadcast video
Topic: Witches in Salem cause hysteria and mayhem

Directions:
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Refer to The Crucible for guidance.


Plan out points and information that you want to talk about in the broadcast.
Type up the news report.
Practice saying the script a few times in order to feel comfortable speaking as the
news reporter.

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Record your broadcast on the tablet assigned to you or your personal tablet.
Transfer the video to iMovie using the computers in the lab.
Create and edit your 2-minute video.
Submit you final edit to the class folder on the classroom hard drive.

Resources:
Salem Witch Trials Timeline
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/witchesamerica/ss/Salem-Witch-TrialsTimeline.htm
A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-salem-witch-trials175162489/?no-ist
Salem Witch Museum
http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/education/

Assessment: Create a 2-minute video as if you are a reporter today and address the
people of Salem during the Salem Witch Trials. Explain the events that are taking place
with a modern approach. Think about how the events that took place in Salem would be
looked at today, including the way the girls acted while they were bewitched.
You will receive up to 25 points each for the following: video meets 2-minute mark,
creativity, context, and the written script.

RAFT Row 2
Objective: You will be able to take the readings from, The Great Gatsby and create an
emotional passage based on interpretation and character perception.
Student Role: Gatsby or Daisy
Audience: General public
Format: Blog Post
Topic: Today I was reunited with Gatsby (or Daisy).

Directions:
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Refer to The Great Gatsby for guidance.


Read where Gatsby and Daisy have their reunion.
Create an outline for your blog post.
Write your blog post and publish it to the classroom website.

Resources:
The Great Gatsby Memory and the Past Quotes
http://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/memory-the-past-quotes.html
The Great Gatsby Readers Guide
http://www.neabigread.org/books/greatgatsby/readers-guide/

Assessment: Prepare a 500-word blog post as if you are Daisy or Gatsby. Write how it
felt to reunite with Daisy or Gatsby. Think about the relationship between the two and
their history. Also consider the way each of them speaks while writing.
You will receive up to 50 points each for the format and the blog post itself.

RAFT Row 3
Objective: You will be able to understand kennings and learn the difference between Old
English and Modern English.
Student Role: Beowulf
Audience: Danes
Format: Prezi Presentation
Topic: Plan of Attack

Directions:
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Refer to Beowulf for guidance.


Think of the many ways Beowulf can defeat Grendel based off the story.
Think of the type of equipment Beowulf may need to defeat Grendel.
Think of your kennings for Beowulf and Grendel.
Create an outline for the presentation based on your ideas for defeating Grendel.
Create 8 slides for your presentation using Prezi. Be creative.
Share your presentation on the classroom website.

Resources:

Slaying Monsters
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/06/02/slaying-monsters
Grendel
http://www.shmoop.com/beowulf/grendel.html
The Superhuman Powers of Beowulf
http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=16515

Assessment: Create an 8-slide Prezi presentation as if you are Beowulf on how to defeat
Grendel. Based on the stories that you have heard about him, think of what his
weaknesses may be. Plan out the type of weapons and armor that you would need to
defeat Grendel as well. Use up to three kennings in the presentation as well to describe
Grendel and yourself (Beowulf).
You will receive up to 25 points each for the following: completion of 8 slides, context,
creativity, and use of at least three kennings.