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Using QARs to Develop Comprehension and Reflective Reading Habits

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Heather Casey, Ph.D.

Heather Casey, Ph.D.

Lawrenceville, New Jersey


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Individual copies of Richard Peck's "A One-Woman Crime Wave" from A Long Way From Chicago (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998)

  • Markers and construction paper

  • Multiple computers with Internet access and Adobe Acrobat Reader

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1. For an introduction to the QAR strategy, use the lesson, "Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships."

2. Ensure computer access to the Internet and Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free if necessary. Each student should sit at a computer, but if this is not feasible, group several students around one computer.

3. Review the story Daniel's Ride by Michael Perry at the International Children's Digital Library. Type in the book title and click "search" to access this text. The International Children's Digital Library features full-page scans of hundreds of children's books, so other texts can easily be substituted for Daniel's Ride. The text appears quite small at first, so click the zoom button (magnifying glass icon) to get a better view.

4. Photocopy enough copies of the Question-Answer Relationships and Reading Stop Points handouts for the entire class.

5. Develop models for each of the four QAR question types that correspond to the text you will be using. Sample questions for Daniel's Ride are provided.

6. Gather large construction paper and markers, and make individual copies of "A One-Woman Crime Wave" by Richard Peck.

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