Storytelling and QAR Strategies

by Phyllis Hostmeyer and Marilyn Adele Kinsella


Research affirms that storytelling enhances analytical and organizational skills, as well as all aspects of language arts development—happy news for teachers and librarians for whom reading comprehension is always a top priority. By involving students in the process of Question-Answer Relationships (QAR), you can enlist powerful stories to shift their imaginations into high gear.

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November 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 123
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Teaching Resources, K-12

Character traits for three grade levels are promoted in a collection of world folktales, legends, myths, and personal stories, with corresponding questions and activities.

Storytelling and QAR Strategies offers a clear, detailed explanation of this research-based, reading comprehension framework, providing teachers, school librarians, and storytellers with the tools they need to incorporate the deep learning of QAR into storytelling events and classroom work. The authors furnish traditional tales, fables, and myths related to the 12 pillars of character education, underscoring the traits of caring, citizenship, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Each story is supported by QAR questions and includes activities for pre- and post-reading, as well as complete documentation and source information.

Bundling together character education, storytelling, and QAR, the book puts all of the necessary materials at the fingertips of teachers and librarians. It is also a valuable tool for storytellers, with guidance on developing the QAR strategies around a multitude of stories. Research proves that teaching QAR strategies results in deepened student comprehension as well as higher test scores. Thanks to this book, implementing the technique has never been easier.


  • Stories for grades 3–8, separated by grade level
  • Questions for each QAR strategy for each story
  • Worksheets, organizers, and activities


  • Provides a wide range of stories for grades 3-8 that teach good character traits and also a taxonomy with which to help students uncover deeper meanings
  • Defines QAR as a reading comprehension strategy
  • Enables the teaching of higher-order thinking skills through QAR
  • Reviews the reading research connected with QAR as a successful builder of student reading, listening, and comprehension skills
Author Info

Phyllis Hostmeyer, a consultant for Educational Resources Group, Inc., works internationally conducting professional development for educators. She offers workshops on all aspects of reading, writing, and language arts. She also works as a storyteller who shares personal narratives, Bible stories, and her original versions of fairy tales and fables.

Marilyn Adele Kinsella of Fairview Heights, IL, has told stories professionally as a teacher and children's librarian since 1981. She graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL, in 1974, with a BS in elementary education. She currently works exclusively as a freelance storyteller, workshop presenter, and writer. Although this is her first book, many of her stories and articles have appeared in books and magazines including Libraries Unlimited's The Storytelling Classroom: Applications across the Curriculum.



"The great value of this book is the depth and quality of its ready-made lessons, which will meet many mandated curriculum objectives. In this high-stakes testing environment, Hostmeyer and Kinsella have produced an array of meaningful activities that support the importance of storytelling in classrooms and libraries."School Library Journal

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