Mini Lesson Topic
Students write a letter to the doctors on whether the doctors should have or should not have performed the operation on Charlie.
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (can be excerpt touchstone text)
- RAFT writing template
Objective: Students will internalize Charlie’s changes and experiences to write a letter to the doctors on undergoing the operation using RAFT:
R: a friend or coworker of Charlie’s
A: the doctors
T: Should the doctors have performed the operation on Charlie?
➢ Model RAFT with a think-aloud from the view-point of a doctor to the public on why the operation was important and necessary.
➢ Discuss difficult and good experiences Charlie had gone through.
➢ Provide student RAFT topic.
➢ In partners or small groups, have students discuss the operation from the viewpoint of a friend. Students may use this time to write down ideas and brainstorm together. Monitor and play devil’s advocate for pros and cons.
➢ Provide RAFT template to students and have each student draft a letter to the doctors from the view point of Charlie’s friend or coworker.
➢ How did Charlie feel about his new intelligence?
➢ Was Charlie happier before or after becoming a genius?
➢ Was the operation “worth it”?