As teachers, we need to increase the rigor of our instruction to match the rigor of the new Common Core Standards in Literature. So, how do we do this effectively? Teach our students how to use the RACER Method when answering open-ended responses to literature. This is a step-by-step practice, activity packet that allows you to use whole-group, small-group and/or independent instruction to meet the needs of ALL of your students. Each step of this "method" allows students a brief practice of skills that ultimately lead to a practice "test" that you're able to use as an assessment. The 4-point rubric should be used to assess.