Race Strategy for Better Open-Ended Question Answers

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Answering open-ended response questions is an important task and often difficult for students.  To help my students answer open-ended questions we use the RACE strategy. 


Steps to the RACE Strategy: 

  • First students restate the question,
  • Then answer the question, 
  • Next, find evidence from the text to support their answer, 
  • Lastly, they explain how the evidence supports their response. 


I have seen such significant growth since we began using the RACE strategy. 

You can download a free copy of the RACE Strategy posters with examples to use in your classroom or home by clicking here or on the picture. The posters have an example of each step and a completed response using the RACE Strategy. 

The posters are color-coded to help students see each step. To help students who are struggling still, I will suggest they highlight each section. That usually helps them to see they are missing something. 
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below! 

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