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NBMS Achievement Hour R.A.C.E. Strategy :: Written Response

Introducing the R.A.C.E. strategy when asking students to respond to literature. Includes an example response based on a non-fiction news article.
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Carrie LaHaie

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Transcript of NBMS Achievement Hour R.A.C.E. Strategy :: Written Response

Restating Questions
Reading Response / R.A.C.E. Strategy
Do Now:
Restate the following questions in your Cornell Notes and answer each one using a full sentence:
What did you do last night when you got home from school?
Why is it important to be on time for school every day?
If you don’t know a friends number, how might you find it?
R.A.C.E. Strategy Explained
Responding to literature or text is not always about right and wrong answers. Many times there is more than one
“right”
answer or there are ways to make an answer
“better.”

In order for your response to be a truly great response, you need to include more than just a simple answer.
To help meet this goal we will practice using the R.A.C.E. strategy to develop more complete answers to questions about literature.
Ways to restate a question and make a full sentence:
Last night when I got home from school I…
It is important to be on time for school every day…
If I don’t know a friends number I could…
What is R.A.C.E. an acronym for?
R: Restate
A: Answer
C: Cite
E: Explain
What is the R.A.C.E. strategy & how does it work?
The R.A.C.E strategy is a method used to thoroughly answer a question. First, writers restate the question in a full sentence (R – RESTATE). Then, writers answerthe question in a brief statement (A – ANSWER). Next, writers must go back to the text to look for and cite the evidence that best supports their answer (C - CITE). Finally, writers use background knowlege, experiences, and connections to elaborate/extend and build on to the answer (E - EXPLAIN).
R – RESTATE the question
The person reading your answer should be able to understand exactly what you are talking about without seeing the question.
This information can be found right in the question! Use the question stem to
begin response.
A – Gives a specific ANSWER to the question.
This should be short and concise (brief or to the point)
Your answer may or may not come directly from the story. It may be your own opinionated statement based on how you interpret the text.

C – CITE EVIDENCE (exact words/specific examples) from the text that support your answer.
Prove it! Identify where the answer is found.
If you use someone else's exact words you NEED to put them in quotation marks ("Quotes").
You want to be selective about the evidence you choose to include in your response. Be sure to choose evidence that BEST SUPPORTS YOUR ANSWER.
E - EXPLAIN your own personal understanding of this information and how it supports your answer
Use background knowledge, experience, and connections to build on the answer.
Make a connection—text to self; text to text; or text to world
Let's try it together!
Copy the following question into your Cornell Notes:
Why are the recently found fossils of a small pterosaur important?
R - RESTATE the question
The recently found fossils of a small pterosaur are very important.
A - Gives a specific ANSWER to the question
Because of the date of the fossil, some scientist now believe pterosaurs were alive longer than they had originally thought.
C - CITE EVIDENCE (exact words/specific examples) from the text that supports your answer
In paragraph nine, the text says the fossil, "...suggests that small pterosaurs were present all the way until the end of the Cretaceous."
E - EXPLAIN your own personal understanding of this information.
All together now!
As referenced in the article
Nope, that's not a cat – it's a 77 million-year-old flying reptile,
the recently found fossils of a small pterosaur are very important. Because of the date of the fossil, some scientist now believe pterosaurs were alive longer than they had originally thought. In paragraph nine, the text says the fossil, "...suggests that small pterosaurs were present all the way until the end of the Cretaceous." This shows that scientist might need to reconsider the fact that some dinosaurs were still around after birds showed up.
Now, try it on your own!
Look back at the article and answer the following question using the strategy we just discussed!
Why might scientist have never discovered small pterosaur fossils before?
This shows that scientist might need to reconsider the fact that some dinosaurs were still around after birds showed up.
Be prepared to share your answer!
CLOSE Read
and Annotate
"The war started..." BECAUSE
"In the reading pasage..." -or- "In the story..."
How does it all fit together?
Newell Barney Middle School
Achievement Hour
"This is important..." BECAUSE
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