Mrs. Valerie’s 3rd-grade reading class is working on opinion essays by answering the question “What is the best candy in the world?” and using the R.A.C.E. strategy. R.A.C.E. is a writing strategy helps students construct more thoughtful and thorough responses. First students restate the question using a complete sentence (R-Restate). Then, they answer the question with a brief statement (A-Answer). Next, students cite evidence that supports their answer(C-Cite). Lastly, students explain how the evidence supports their answer (E-Evidence).