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R.A.C.E. Writing Strategy 3/28/2014
Transcript of R.A.C.E. Writing Strategy 3/28/2014
Writing 101: Perfecting the Paragraph Using the R.A.C.E. Strategy
Restate the following questions in your writing section 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
English 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.
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?
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 formulate a concluding sentence, and explain their own personal understanding about the information(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!
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.
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
Consider what you think this might mean for the characters, theme, or conflict of the story.
Connect this information to a greater understanding about life, love, relationships, conflict, etc.
Let's try it together!
Copy the following question onto a piece of paper:
What sentiment is the spearker of the poem expressing in the first stanza of "The Sun Goes Down on Summer"?
R - RESTATE the question
The speaker of the poem clearly expresses his feelings about the end of summer in the first stanza of "The Sun Goes Down on Summer".
A - Gives a specific ANSWER to the question
It is apparent that the speaker of the poem feels saddened by the close of the season.
C - CITE EVIDENCE (exact words/specific examples) from the text that supports your answer
The speaker develops his feelings by stating that he would "give the world to make the summer stay."
E - EXPLAIN your own personal understanding of this information.
By saying this, it is evident that he does not want the summer to end.
All together now!
The speaker of the poem clearly expresses his feelings about the end of summer in the first stanza of "The Sun Goes Down on Summer". It is apparent athat the speaker of the poem is saddened by the close of the season. The speaker develops his feelings by stating that he would "give the world to make the summer stay." By saying this, it is evident that he does not want the summer to end.
Now, try it on your own!
Look back at the poem and answer the following question using the strategy we just discussed!
In what ways does the speaker show that he is fearful of change in the poem "The Sun Goes Down on Summer"?
Be prepared to share your answer!