In my high school, a teacher had an acronym which was a guideline for writing an entry paragraph to an essay. The acronym was “RIOT”. Does anyone know what these letters stand for and can they locate the origin of this pedagogical idea?

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    The only thing I can find is "Review, Interview, Observation, and Test" but that's used by school administration "when a student displays serious academic or behavioral deficits", not taught to students.
    – Laurel
    Nov 22, 2021 at 2:54
  • the OT stands for on-top, suggesting that the RI should be the opening statement, whatever it stood for.
    – NofP
    Jan 9, 2022 at 1:24
  • Maybe it's like BLUF "bottom line up front" -- I've also seen that as BLOT, so half-way there.
    – user54131
    Mar 11, 2022 at 6:58

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I don't know the origin of the acronym but I also heard this when I was writing essays in high school. If I remember correctly, RIOT stands for:

  • Restate the source information
  • Interpret the information
  • Other opinions (explore and explain them)
  • Thesis statement

I wasn't able to find a teaching acronym for RIOT.

The acronym may be RACE or RACES:

Restate the question
Answer the question
Cite the evidence
Explain the evidence

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    I'm also seeing RACES: The same, but ending with "Summarize".
    – Laurel
    Nov 22, 2021 at 13:44

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