Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The 4H reading strategy - an innovation on QAR + a freebie :)

I just love the 4H reading strategy and have found it is much easier for students, than the language of Question, Answer, Relationships (QAR) by Taffy Raphael.  

The 4H strategy is really simple - is the answer literal, right here in the text? Is the answer hidden, do I need to think and search? Is the answer my own opinion or based on my past experience; so is it in my head?  Or, is the answer how I feel and therefore in my heart?

The Here, Hidden, Head and Heart (4Hs) strategy is an adaption of Question Answer Relationships - QAR (Taffy Raphael) and Three Level Guides.  The questions support close reading of texts and multiple re-readings. 

I have created several resources (including freebies) using the 4H strategy that you can check out in my TPT store.   There is also a set of free bookmarks for the 4H strategy that you can download from my store.  

Click on the images below to find out more...

I hope you have as much success as I have using the 4H strategy with your students :)


  1. I love your products!!! They continue to be valuable, research-based resources that my 5th graders and I thoroughly enjoy! They love digging deeper into text with your help! Keep up the great job!
    Joy, Las Vegas

  2. Thanks so much Joy for the lovely feedback :) I am glad you appreciate my work! Your comment has totally made my day, thank you :) Kylie

  3. I developed the 3 H reading comprehension strategy. So pleased to see it used widely! Lorraine Graham, University of Melbourne

  4. Lovely to hear from you Lorraine and to find out that you developed the 3H reading strategy. I think I may have cited you in my very first 4H reading strategy resource actually :) Would you like to do a guest post on my blog about the 3H reading strategy? Kylie

  5. Hello Kylie - that would be great! You are so clever...

    1. Looking forward to it Lorraine. I just sent you an email :)

  6. Please stop spamming my blog - thank you so much.