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Applying Question-Answer Relationships to Pictures

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 30- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Leigh Hall

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Yongmei Li

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion Books, 1991)

  • Zoom by Istvan Banyai (Puffin Books, 1995)

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1. This lesson uses the wordless picture books Tuesday by David Wiesner and Zoom by Istvan Banyai. If either text is not readily available to you, the Suggested Books for Teaching P-QARs contains other book titles with detailed illustrations. If you choose a picture book that includes text, you can simply focus on the pictures within the book and not read the text. You will need one copy of Tuesday and multiple copies of Zoom (enough for pairs or small groups of students) for this lesson.

2. Familiarize yourself with the Purpose and Meaning of the P-QAR Types. You may wish to distribute this list to students before or after the lesson as a reference.

3. Peruse the text and sample questions for Tuesday (see Session 1, Step 7) and add any other questions that you would like to use for modeling the strategy and the four question types.

4. Familiarize yourself with Zoom. This wordless picture book takes readers on a visual journey, one step back at a time, to see an image in its broader context. Students will read this book in Session 2 when they apply the P-QAR strategy in groups or pairs.

5. Preview the P-QARs for Zoom and the Teacher's Guide to the P-QARs for Zoom, and modify the questions as you see fit. Print and make copies of the questions to distribute to students.

6. If you are using books other than those modeled in this lesson, design your own questions in advance. Make sure that you include questions for all four question types.

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