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QAR (Question/Answer Relationship)

QAR is a questioning strategy that helps teach students that a relationship exists between the question given, the text, and the background of the reader. In this strategy, students are taught to use four question/answer relationships (QAR's) to find the information they need in order to answer the question.
  1. The teacher introduces QAR and explains the four types of question/answer relationships (QAR's)
  2. The teacher models the QAR process by using a short story. First read the story and questions to the students. Then identify which QAR's are evidenced through the questions given. Finally, answer questions and discuss.
  3. The teacher practices identifying the QAR's with the class.
  4. The teacher provides independent practice.
  5. The teacher gradually increases the length and complexity of the texts used with QAR.
  6. The students continue to use QAR throughout the year, across the curriculum in science, social studies, health, etc.

QAR Descriptors

Right There - The answer is in the text and is usually easy to find. The information is found in one place.

Think & Search - The answer is in the selection, but you need to put together different pieces of information. Information comes from different places in the text.

Author & You - The answer is not explicitly stated in the story. You need to think about what you already know, what the author tells you in the text, and how it fits together.

On My Own - The answer is not text-based. You can even answer the question without reading the selection. You need to use your own experience and background knowledge.

Reference Raphael, T. (1982). Question-answering strategies for children. The Reading Teacher, 36(2), 186-191.

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