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RACE Writing Strategy: Tiered Constructed Responses for 4-8

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Introduce, scaffold, and extend the R.A.C.E. writing strategy in grades 4-8. With this resource, your students will learn to write strong constructed responses through clear explicit expectations. Tiered graphic organizers allow for easy differentiation. Each step in this progressive system adds a level of complexity - and students master each element of constructed responses before moving to the next step.

Your students will clearly and concisely restate questions, answer inferential questions, cite strong evidence - AND finally master the "E" in R.A.C.E.! We are so excited to share our hard-earned insight with you and help you guide your students to write effective explanations for their evidence!

Included in this resource:

  • Detailed Teacher Directions
  • Student Copies of each graphic organizer - including expectations for each element of R.A.C.E.
  • Rubrics for each step - allow for effective, efficient assessment and feedback


**Are you a K-4 teacher? Check out RACE Foundations: Tiered Constructed Responses for K-4!**

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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.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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 arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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