FOCUS QUESTIONS. Guidelines for Strong Answers. What is a focus question?. Focus questions are critical thinking questions about a reading assignment They require: thoughtful analysis Support from the book. Guidelines. 1. BE NEAT! Write legibly. Use ink or type your work.
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Guidelines for Strong Answers
1. BE NEAT!
2. BE THOROUGH!
3. BE CLEAR and SPECIFIC!
Cole Matthews anger is likely related to the awful home life he has. Both of his parents are alcoholics and his father is physically and verbally abusive (p. 54-55).
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In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, Cole Matthews is a troubled teenager.
1. First, introduce the context for the example.
Garvey tells Cole, “you can’t own at’oow. You are only its caretaker for a time” (p. 19).
2. Next, provide your example.
Both of Cole’s parents are alcoholics and his father is physically and verbally abusive (p. 54-55).
3. Finally, follow your example with commentary.
Garvey tells Cole, “you can’t own at’oow. You are only its caretaker for a time” (p. 19). These words demonstrate the nature of the at’oow and its symbol of not only trust, but community and ancestry. It was a shared symbol that transcended time.
After hearing that Peter ratted on him,
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Cole brutally attacks Peter (p.8).
Cole’s anger drives him to violence.