This chapter presents lessons for the English language arts and reading classroom using the Question-Answer Relationships (QAR) strategy with the book Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation. Both the book and the lessons presented center on historical and contemporary issues surrounding school segregation, desegregation, and resegregation. Thus, the lessons presented in this chapter are also appropriate for the social studies classroom and may be used to address curriculum standards set forth by the National Council for the Social Studies. Through its use of both explicit and implicit questioning, the QuestionAnswer Relationships strategy can be utilized to help students prepare for the types of questions that they may encounter on standardized examinations. Separate Is Never Equal and the lessons that follow celebrate the accomplishments of people of color and linguistically diverse peoples in enacting societal change within the United States.
Venegas, Elena M. “Separate Is Never Equal: Utilizing Question-Answer Relationships to Foster Elementary Students’ Reading Comprehension.” Multicultural Literature in the Content Areas: Transforming K-12 Classrooms into Engaging, Inviting, and Socially Conscious Spaces, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020, pp. 19–42, https://books.google.com/books?id=p3vRDwAAQBAJ.
Multicultural literature in the content areas: Transforming K-12 classrooms into engaging, inviting, and socially conscious spaces