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RACE Strategy Writing 3rd Grade Prompts and Passages

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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 to support their answers after reading a short passage.


The RACE Writing Strategy 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

♦ 10 passages and short response questions

♦ Suggested answers for each passage and grading guide

Passages are written at a 3rd grade reading level. These ready-to-use printables are great for formative assessments or test-prep!

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Need Paired Passages?

Paired Passages and Writing with the RACE Strategy: 3rd Grade

Need Higher-Level Texts?

Writing with the RACE Strategy Grades 4-6

Need Texts with Comprehension Questions Too?

Reading Comprehension and Writing with the RACE Strategy: 3rd Grade

Need a Wide Range of Texts?

Writing with the RACE Strategy BUNDLE

Need Even More Passages?

A Year of Writing with the RACE Strategy: Grade 3


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
Provide a concluding statement or section.
Provide reasons that support the opinion.
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.


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