2 - Question-Answer Relationships

 

Lesson 1:
Guided Practice on QAR

 

What you need to know about QARs and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test:

  • Only a few of the multiple-choice questions on the OSSLT will be Right There and Think and Search type of questions.
  • Most of the multiple choice questions and most of the short writing task questions will be Author and Me type of questions.
  • None of the multiple choice questions and only one or two of the short writing task questions on the OSSLT will be On My Own questions.

 

 

Practice

Letís practice identifying the type of question. Weíll return to a passage we have already read in Workshop 1.

 

Step 1 Reread the passage
Step 2 Read the question.
Step 3 On a piece of paper, identify the type of question as a Right There, Think and Search; Author and Me; or On My Own.

 

Donít Fool Around with Camels

 

   Most people think of a camel as an obedient beast of burden, because it is best known for its ability to carry heavy loads across vast stretches of desert without requiring water.  In reality, the camel is considerably more than just the Arabian equivalent of the mule.  It also possesses a great amount of intelligence and sensitivity.

Questions

 

  1. The best word to describe ďruseĒ  (from paragraph 3) is:

    1. Trick

    2. Game

    3. Revenge

    4. Sport

 

Type?

 

  • Right There
  • Think and Search
  • Author and Me
  • On My Own

 

Check Your Answer

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  The Arabs assert that camels are so acutely aware of injustice and ill treatment that a camel owner who punishes one of the beasts too harshly finds it difficult to escape the camelís vengeance.  Apparently, the animal will remember an injury and wait for an opportunity to get revenge.

  1. According to this passage, camels are:

    1. Stubborn and Angry

    2. Stubborn and Polite

    3. Intelligent and sensitive

    4. Intelligent and stubborn

  • Right There
  • Think and Search
  • Author and Me
  • On My Own

 

Check Your Answer

 

   In order to protect themselves from the vengeful beast, Arabian camel drivers have learned to trick their camels into believing they have achieved revenge.  When an Arab realizes that he has excited a camelís rage, he places his own garments on the ground in the animalís path.  He arranges the clothing so that it appears to cover a manís body.  When the camel recognizes its masterís clothing on the ground, it seizes the pile with its teeth, shakes the garments violently and tramples on them in a frenzy.  Eventually, after its anger has subsided, the camel departs, assuming its revenge is complete.  Only then does the owner of the garments come out of hiding, safe for the time being, thanks to this clever ruse.

3.   Summarize this passage into one paragraph.

  • Right There
  • Think and Search
  • Author and Me
  • On My Own

 

Check Your Answer

 

Passage from: Pauk, Walter.  Six-Way Paragraphs.  Illinois: Jamestown Publishers, 1983.

 

 

 

Finished?

 

Go to 2.2 Independent Practice in the table of contents.