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Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships

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Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions on consecutive days
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Several copies of The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Scholastic, 1995)

  • Three instructional-level texts (see Suggested Booklist for Civil Rights)

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Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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1. Read The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles to gain an understanding of Ruby Bridges and her life. You may also want to browse for information about her online at The Ruby Bridges Foundation.

2. Use ReadingQuest.org: Question-Answer Relationships as well as the printouts listed in Other Resources to find more information about the question-answer relationship (QAR) technique. Another recommended resource is the book Guided Comprehension: A Teaching Model for Grades 3-8 by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen.

3. Print the QAR posters, Right There, Author and Me, On My Own, Think and Search, and either post them in your classroom or copy them onto transparencies to present to students.

4. Gather three instructional-level texts that match the needs of three levels of reading in your class (see Suggested Booklist for Civil Rights). In preparation for the teacher-guided small-group instruction (see Stage 2), create a comprehension sheet for each of the texts that you select reflecting all of the QAR types.

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