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Question and Answer Books--From Genre Study to Report Writing

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Question and Answer Books--From Genre Study to Report Writing

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






  • A collection of books in question and answer format (see Booklist), on a variety of topics and in a variety of levels.

  • A collection of nonfiction books in regular, narrative format, with similar content as some of the question and answer books.

  • Chart paper or board, and markers

  • A collection of nonfiction books on a class-selected topic to be used for research

  • Completed flip book or blank flip book as an example

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.


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RWT Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Flip Book

The Flip Book app is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books.


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  • Gather an assortment of question and answer books about a variety of topics, in a variety of reading levels, including books appropriate for reading aloud. Include picture books, almanac-type books, and other books with a variety of short bits of information. Refer to the booklist for suggested titles.

  • For comparison purposes, also collect several nonfiction texts in narrative format that match the content of several of the question and answer books.

  • Make appropriate copies of handouts and questions: Exploration Question and Answer Books handout, Question and Answer Books: Useful for..., Notetaking form, and Question and Answer Flip Book Rubric.

  • Plan student partnerships—students will be working with partners to explore question and answer books, to conduct research, and to create their own flip book in question and answer format.

  • Bookmark any Web resources to be used.

  • Test the Flip Book Student Interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Create a flip book as an example, or provide a blank one, so the students can see the layout and format.

  • Students should have previous experience with taking notes and citing sources.

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