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RACE Writing Strategy

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Anna Holloway

on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of RACE Writing Strategy

R.A.C.E. for Writing Success!
What is R.A.C.E.?
R.A.C.E. is a strategy that helps students answer short response questions in writing.
Step 1: Restate the Question
You must first know what the question is asking.
You will use the question to form a focused topic sentence
Step 2: Answer the Question
Underline key words/phrases in the question
Look for task words (words that tell you what to do): explain, describe, compare, contrast, discuss, evaluate, identify, analyze, determine, etc.
Give a concise, logical answer
Step 3: Cite Evidence
Select appropriate examples from the text to support your answer
Tell which piece of evidence you used
Use specific details
Quotes don't need to be super long!

Step 4: Explain your Answer
Explain how the evidence you gave makes your point
Demonstrate your understanding of the question through your response
Example: "What was life like for serfs in the Middle Ages?"

Restatement: "Life for serfs in the Middle Ages was..."
Example: "What was life like for serfs in the Middle Ages?"

Blue-answer to the question

"Life for the serfs in the Middle Ages was
very difficult
."
Example: "What was life like for serfs in the Middle Ages?"

Red-paraphrase
Purple-direct quote

Life for serfs in the Middle Ages was very difficult.
In Document 2, it stated they often worked 7 days a week because they had to grow food for the manor and themselves
.
Also, Document 4 stated that serfs "also had very little freedom because both landowners and church leadership could tell them what to do."
Example:

Orange-explanation of answer

Life for serfs in the Middle Ages was very difficult. In Document 2, it stated they often worked 7 days a week because they had to grow food for the manor and themselves. Also, Document 4 stated that serfs "also had very little freedom because both landowners and church leadership could tell them what to do."
A lack of freedom and constant hard work would make life unpleasant for anyone.

Step 5: Sum it Up
Your last sentence should be a summary of your entire paragraph. Restate your topic sentence in a different way.
Example:

Green-Summary/Conclusion

Life for serfs in the Middle Ages was very difficult. In Document 2, it stated they often worked 7 days a week because they had to grow food for the manor and themselves. Also, Document 4 stated that serfs "also had very little freedom because both landowners and church leadership could tell them what to do." A lack of freedom and constant hard work would make life unpleasant for anyone.
In conclusion, a serf in the Middle Ages would have had an incredibly difficult life.
So your entire paragraph should look like:
Life for serfs in the Middle Ages was very difficult. In Document 2, it stated they often worked 7 days a week because they had to grow food for the manor and themselves. Also, Document 4 stated that serfs "also had very little freedom because both landowners and church leadership could tell them what to do." A lack of freedom and constant hard work would make life unpleasant for anyone. In conclusion, a serf in the Middle Ages would have had an incredibly difficult life.
Use this in ANY class when you are asked to write a constructed response!

Good luck!
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