QARS Technique

Four types of questions are used in the QAR:

  • Easy to Find Questions: Literal questions whose answers can be found in the text. Often the words used in the question are the same words found in the text. Thus, they can be found in a glossary or index.
  • Search & Draw Conclusions: Answers are based on information from different parts of the text. The student must draw conclusions.
  • Book & Student: These questions relate both to information in the text and the student’s personal experience. The student must do the reading in order to answer.
  • Student experience: These questions do not require reading of the text and are based entirely on student experience.


  • Read a short passage to the students, or have them read a paragraph on their own.
  • Ask students questions that you have prepared in advance. Vary the different types of questions to keep student interest.
  • When students do not know the answer, show them where to find it.


  • On page 91, figure 5.6. What are the coordinates for this point on the graph?  (Show an illustration.)
  • Do you think a coordinate plane is used in gps technology, why or why not?
  • Have you ever imagined a coordinate plane and points, or locations, on the plane, when you were lost in a building?
  • Is a Coordinate Plane 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional? Can it be both?