By Taffy E. Raphael and Kathryn H. Au
An introduction to the basic concepts and vocabulary of QAR (Question Answer Relationships). To find a version of this lesson for grades 2-3, or grades 6-8, simply copy and paste the lesson title (without the grades specified) into the Scholastic Teacher Express search box!
This lesson moves through the six steps of the gradual release of responsibility instructional model (Pearson, 1985):
1. explicit explanation
4. guided practice
5. independent application
6. self-assessment and goal setting
The paired comparison of "Author & Me/On My Own" expands In My Head QARs into two categories: Author & Me and On My Own. Both QARs involve questions that require readers to respond using information from their own background knowledge and life experiences. The distinction between the two comes down to the amount of significant, actionable information the reader uses from the text to determine the appropriate background knowledge to access!