During our intervention part of the day, I've been working with students on subtracting decimals to the thousandths, figurative language, theme and poetry.
We moved into working with constructed responses and one of my favorite strategies is RACE:
RACE stands for:
Restate the question. Students use words from the question to formulate their opening or topic sentence. This helps them to focus their answer.
Answer the question(s) that are asked. For our district, constructed responses tend to have several parts and it's important for students to answer all portions.
C: Complete sentences. Students need to remember the rules of grammar, spelling, etc when writing their responses. We went over that one sentence does not suffice.
E: Evidence your answer, twice. This helps them with main idea and key supporting details, as well as quoting accurately or inferring details from the passage.