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Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Language Arts Development

Using the RAISE and SAC Rubric for Written Responses

RAISE and SAC is a rubric for written responses.  It helps students become more independent in evaluating the quality of work prior to turning it in to the teacher. With reading comprehension, the rubric helps the student focus on the purpose of the reading assignment. It can be used for all levels of learning and for a wide range of age groups. From language arts to science and social studies, the rubric can be used in any subject in which a written response is required.


  • R – Restate the questions.
  • A – Answer the question or questions.
  • I – Include specific vocabulary, terminology, and/or names.
  • S – Support answer with examples from the appropriate source (prior knowledge, text, photograph etc.)
  • E – Evaluate answer for S.A.C.


  • S – Sensibility – Does my answer make sense? (Read out loud to proofread.)
  • A – Accuracy – Is my answer accurate (correct)?
  • C – Completeness – Is my answer complete? Are all pieces included?

How is the rubric helpful?

By providing a physical checklist of RAISE and SAC on the paper as students are answering a question, a 7/8-step process is broken down into achievable pieces.

  • Helps students begin an answer.
    • Often, they are able to restate even if they do not fully have an answer to the question formed.
    • Reduces the anxiety of staring at a blank page.
  • Helps students ensure they do not miss a step.
    • Each is accounted for with a physical checkmark.
  • Helps students see where they have made an error.
    • “Points” are taken off or comments are made for a specific step, rather than for the question in general.
    • Allows them to focus on specific components of the process in the future.

This video was filmed at The Pilot School.