Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Prompts & Giveaway!

Mmmmmm….fall!  Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie pancakes, pumpkin candles.   These chubby orange gourds are on every porch on my street, and have inspired me to come up with a pumpkin classroom activity, the Pumpkin Patch Prompt RAFT Write!

RAFT is an acronym that stands for Role, Audience, Format and Topic.  This differentiated writing strategy allows learners to choose their own writing prompt from a list of leveled choices.  It’s always good to give students choice, and RAFT is a fun way to do that with writing prompts.  I like it, too, because it works for ALL of my learners, from those who struggle to those who are more advanced.  RAFT is also fantastic because it raises students’ awareness about the various formats that exist for writing:  postcards, newspaper articles, diary entries, poems, and more.  They get to choose and experiment with these formats, all around a fun topic.

I’ve added this activity to my TPT store, but I will be giving away a FREE copy to the first 5 people  who comment below!  Happy Fall y’all! J


Colleen Aubel

What a great idea! I love RAFT writing guides. Thanks for this post. I hope I am one of the first!

Melissa White

Hi Colleen!
Thanks for stopping by! If you private message me your email address to me at, I will forward the Pumpkin Raft Write to you! :) Enjoy!

Lindsay Oles

Cute blog! I just started my own blog over the summer, but I am finding it hard to keep up with it while planning and teaching! Hope that I start to fall into a routine soon so I can get back into blogging. Love the Halloween writing activity! I look forward to doing it in class. Check out my blog:


Melissa White

Hi Lindsay,
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind feedback! I just emailed you a copy of the Pumpkin RAFT Write activity. Please let me know if it doesn't reach you! Love your blog, too! I will visit it again for sure!
Have a great week,

Demi Davis-Walker

Melissa, thanks for sharing such a great activity for all of us eager educators to use in our classes. I look forward to receiving a copy of your RAFT Pumpkin Ativity.

Melissa White

Hi Demi! Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I would be glad to send you the Pumpkin Writing RAFT! Can you email me at and I'll reply back with the file?

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

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