Writing a Paragraph, Constructed Response Strategy, RACE Demo FREEBIE

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115 Ratings
Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
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9 pages
Julie Faulkner


Do you need a basic writing formula for any student, any level, and any subject? If your students struggle with structure and content and are facing standardized testing with constructed responses or timed writing, take a look at this DEMO pack to see how this mnemonic device will help your students make it to the finish line!

With this download you are getting...

  • Two Posters
  • Annotated sample response
  • RACE graphic organizer for planning

My RACE strategy takes a writer from the beginning of a paragraph to the end. Therefore, it can be expanded to an entire essay. Using a brain-based strategy such as this one frequently will produce growth and improvement in writing fluency.

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Want some ready-to-go prompts for weekly practice that work perfectly with this strategy?

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have loved this resource:

♥ "This is great for me to use with my speech and language students. It allows me to break down the writing process into short sessions. I also like the examples to share before writing."

♥ "I like to present more than one organizational strategy to my students for expository writing. This resource is eye-catching, and creates a fun acronym that I think many of my students will remember and use to help them organize their paragraphs."

♥ "This is AMAZING. So incredibly helpful for students - a great reference for them as we go through out the semester/year!!"

♥ "I love RACE. My students are successful when they use it for short answer constructed responses. Thanks for the freebie. I'm going to blow these up to poster size for my classroom!"

♥ "Thank you! I appreciate you including a sample response - it pulls everything together, making it much more easy to teach students, especially if it is their first time ever seeing RACE. The students I work with are very low level, so mnemonic devices and formulas like RACE are necessary to our survival! There are so many different strategies out there that essentially teach the same thing, just with their own little twist. However, I don't feel my 9th grade students were as successful as they could have been in past years with certain ones I've tried. I used to feel that giving them more details and steps to complete would spell it out for them better, but I think it overwhelmed and frustrated them, instead. The simplicity of the RACE strategy, when presented to students, makes writing seem much less stressful and demanding. I also teach Spanish, so some years I don't have any English classes. This year, though, I have two 10th grade classes, and I've never taught 10th grade English before!! I'm going to try to use RACE all year long - I think it is going to make a big difference! Thank you - I really appreciate all your hard work and help! :-)"

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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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