QAR - Question-Answer Relationships

Three-Level Guide - The Three Level Guide is a comprehension strategy which supports students to read the text closely by providing a clear purpose and direction for reading. The three levels of statements, literal, interpretive and applied, guide the reader to focus on the relevant information and to develop an informed opinion on the issues explored in the text. The reader is encouraged to draw on their background knowledge of the topic and to apply the information from the text to real life contexts. Explicit within genuine and engaging contexts, it provides a flexible framework for gaining access to texts.

Steps for Creating a Three-Level Reading Guide:
  1. Ask students to read the selected text and immediately (without measured thought or reflection) answer these "interpretive" questions: "What does the author mean in this selection?" and "What is the document's single, overall message?" Have the students record their interpretations in the middle section of the guide, the "Interpretive Level."
  2. Next, encourage students to identify the key words and phrases in the selection that led to their interpretations. Write these words and phrases as simple sentences in the first section of the guide, the "Literal Level."
  3. Finally, challenge students to relate the central message of the selection to their prior knowledge and experiences. Have them draw specific, definable parallels and record these in the last section of the guide, the "Applied Level."

Expository Text Structure -

Reciprocal Teaching -
Reciprocal teaching leads to the mastery of important thinking skills including summarizing, questioning, clarifying, and predicting. After the teacher models these skills and the students practice them, students assume the responsibility for using the skills to learn and teach new material to small groups.

Directed Reading-Thinking Activity -


PLAN - Predict/Locate/Add/Note -

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