RACES Writing Strategy
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Middle School Reading
I love teaching the RACES acronym as a tool for students to use to help write organized and complete constructive responses. There are tons of resources online to aid in teaching the acronym to students. When teaching RACES to my students, I set my constructive response questions in a graphic organizer
This product is a "Print and Teach" resource that can be used to introduce the novel, The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi. This resource includes step-by-step instructions on how to implement, teach, and model visual literacy skills-how to "read a picture".
This set of comprehension questions for Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is a "Print and Teach" resource. Question types include both lower and higher-level thinking questions.Students are asked to respond not only to questions about plot and character, but also about vocabulary, quote analysis, the lives of slaves in 1776 America, and figurative language.
This vocabulary activity is a research-based activity used to introduce students to words from the first chapters in Shipwreck by Gordon Korman. The activity is a pre-reading strategy that activates students' prior knowledge about the content and vocabulary presented in the text.
I use this SmartBoard presentation as an introduction to the novel study of Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. The presentation delivers background information about the time period of the book as well as vocabulary introduction. The information is presented in an entertaining and creative manner
This bundle includes all comprehension question for all sections/chapters of the novel. The document is a WORD document so that questions can be edited by the teacher in order to differentiate for students. Questions range from basic comprehension questions to higher -level thinking questions asking students to support their
This Tri-fold/Brochure activity is a "print and teach" activity that can easily be used as an individual, partner, or group activity, as well as, during read aloud or Literature Circles. This tri-fold covers pages 223- to the end of the novel. I used the brochure for
This is a "Print and Teach" product that can be used with C.S. Lewis' novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Using the RACES acronym (Restate, Answer, Cite, Explain, Summarize) and the graphic organizer provided, students will write a well-organized constructive response using textual evidence.