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 4-5, 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 "Right There/Think & Search" distinguishes between the two In the Book QARs: Right There and Think & Search. These QARs differ in terms of the place(s) in the text in which students can find relevant information for answering the question. With Right There QARs, all the information needed to answer a question is in one place within the text. With Think & Search QARs, the reader must search across multiple places to construct a complete answer. As readers mature, the definition of place will change. In the primary grades, same place refers to a single sentence. In the intermediate grades, students generally consider same place to be within a single paragraph. By middle school and beyond, readers generally consider same place to encompass a larger amount of text—sections, chapters, or when using text sets, an entire book!