What is a focus question in literacy instruction?
A focus question is a text-dependent question that sets a succinct purpose for instruction.
Your focus question should serve as your north star as you plan text-dependent questions to guide students reading, writing, and discussion. It outlines what students should be able to answer in writing as a culminating task and will shape the lesson, or series of lessons, to get students to that point.
In this video, 6th Grade Teacher Sarah Fakhoury discusses how she scaffolds text-dependent questions in order to guide students to be able to answer a focus question in a culminating writing task.
Examples of focus questions
See more examples in the sample writing tasks in these lessons by Student Achievement Partners.
- How did Leonardo da Vinci’s dream of sculpting a “larger than life” horse inspire Charles Dent?
- In what ways did Mae Jemison demonstrate perseverance in order to achieve her goals?
- What evidence can we see in the text that Bob is a deeply patient man?