Day 18 Teaching of Reading – QAR Strategy

We reviewed QAR and its four (4) ways to find an answer:

  1. Knowledge Level
  2. Comprehension Level
  3. Author to Analyse
  4. Synthesis (there are no value judgements.; as long as the response is logical the learner should be giving credit for it)

The benefit of graphic organizers were also shared with us to help the students organize their thoughts. For example we created a star and labelled each point of inquiry as follows:

  1. Who are the characters?
  2. What?
  3. When?
  4. Why?
  5. How?
  6. Where?

Below are two examples of a Graphic Organizer derived from:

Agee, A. (1999). Animals at Work. Easy Strategies and Mini-Lessons That Build Content Area Reading Skills.


We also looked at word maps in the form of Venn Diagrams that can help students with their vocabulary development.

For me the cinquain summary was the highlight of the evening where we were asked to summarize the Day’s lesson.

  • Line One – 1 word
  • Line Two – 2 words describing Line One
  • Line Three – 3 action verbs
  • Line Four – 2 words related to Line One & 2 words related to Line Two
  • Line Five – synonym for Line One

My Cinquain Summary:

  • Strategy
  • Helpful. Content.
  • Understand; think; recall
  • Reading; techniques; Science; Math
  • Roadmap


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