RACE Strategy Writing 3rd Grade 40 Prompts and Passages for All Year

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  1. Help your 3rd graders master writing with the RACE Strategy, paired passages, reading comprehension, vocabulary with context clues, and writing with this bundle. → Need a digital version of this bundle for Google Classroom? CLICK HERE!♦ 10 passages with RACE Strategy writing prompts♦ 40 passages wit
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Learning Objective

Students will be able to cite textual evidence when responding to a prompt.


Get 40 prompts and passages for practicing writing with the RACE Strategy. RACE is a structure to help students answer passage-based, short response questions in a formal style, with using clear reasons and evidence from the text, and to provide concluding statements.

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Why use the RACE strategy? This mnemonic device is especially helpful for struggling writers and students with disabilities, but it can also be a helpful scaffold for all students. It teaches students to do what good writers do naturally—restating the question in a complete sentence, answering all parts of the question, citing evidence and fully explaining.

R: Re-state the question

A: Answer all parts of the question

C: Cite the text to provide evidence

E: Explain your citation

This Download Contains:

♦ Student resource introducing the RACE strategy

♦ Example passage and RACE response

♦ 40 new passages and short response questions

Passages are written on a 3rd grade reading level. This ready-to-use printable is great for formative assessments or test-prep, all year long!

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Need Higher-Level Texts?

A Year of Writing with the RACE Strategy: Grades 4-5

Need Texts with Comprehension Questions Too?

Reading Comprehension and Writing with the RACE Strategy

Need a Wide Range of Texts?

Writing with the RACE Strategy BUNDLE

Need Paired Passages?

Paired Passages and Writing with the RACE Strategy


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Total Pages
45 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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