Question, Answer, Relationship (QAR)
QAR basically defines itself. It is the relationship between questions and their answers. There are four basic types of question and answer relationships.
Right There -- In this type of QAR, the answer is found in the text. Also, the words in the question and the words in the answer are usually in the same sentence. The reader can point to the answer.
Think and Search -- In this type of QAR, the answer is found in the text. However, the words in the question and the words in the answer are not found in the same sentence. The reader must put together different parts of the text to get the answer.
Author and Me (or Author and You) -- The answer is not found in the text. The reader has to put together the information the author provides with information the reader already knows to come up with the answer.
On My Own (or On Your Own) -- The reader does not use the text at all to answer the question. The answer is based on the reader's opinions and experiences.
Below are several sites with information and/or sample problems for QAR. Some have graphics or visuals as well. It's worth looking at each site to see the different ways the material is presented.
Using Question-Answer Relationships-- This page, from Lincoln High School, provides an overview of each type of question and clue words to help identify the type. It is unique in that it also provides a correlation for each type to Bloom's Taxonomy.
Instructional Reading Strategy: QAR-- This page, from Indiana University, provides a description of QAR, how to use QAR, graphics, and sample questions.
Question-Answer Relationships-- This page, from Reading Quest, provides definitions, samples, and a downloadable chart and concept map.
Question/Answer/Relationship-- This page, from FCAT Express, explains QAR and gives descriptors for each type.