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Question-Answer Relationships
By Janet Stos
• The purpose of the QAR strategy is to
show that questions and answers have
a variety of sources, and that learning
about questions and their answers will
help readers become better at
understanding and answering
2004 Iowa Department of Education
• QAR gives students the language for
talking about the strategies they use to
answer questions. It also helps
students to develop an awareness of
their own cognitive processes when
answering questions.
2004 Iowa Department of Education
Question-Answer Relationships
What is it?
By Janet Stos
Four categories of questions
are studied during strategy
use and practice.
TWO are text-based QARs
“RIGHT THERE” questions ask
students to respond at the literal level;
the words used to answer the questions
can be found “right there” in the
same sentence of the text.
These questions require students to
“think” about how the information or
ideas in the text relate to one another,
and to “search” through the entire
passage to find the
information that applies.
TWO are knowledge-based QARs
• Students must use their prior knowledge to
answer “Author and You/Me” questions.
• Their answer will include information
that is beyond what is
found in the text. They must
read the text to
understand what the
question is asking.
Author and You/Me questions may
begin with statements like:
What reason is there…
Is it true that…
What beliefs justify…
In your opinion what
Judge the effects of….
• Example: Author and You/Me
• The topic of the reading was cloning.
In what instances, if ever, do
you think cloning should
be used?
ON MY OWN (2nd knowledge based
• These questions can be answered with
information from the students’
background knowledge and
DO NOT require reading
from the text.
Create a children’s story where
the discovery of a strange new
creature leads the characters on an
amazing adventure.