Focus on Reading

Further instruction with the FOCUS Series

FOCUS on Reading books are perfect for students struggling with or needing more practice on one of the 6 core reading comprehension strategies. This series has eight levels (A–H, with A correlating to about a year 1 reading level), and each is linked directly to and reinforces the reading strategies explored in the CARS & STARS program. This series is designed for flexibility and can be used at any time to provide concentrated practice in the targeted strategies either to an entire class or individual students.

This 48-book research-based series covers six strategies

One per title – at each of the eight reading levels (A–H)

Understanding Main Idea & Details

The Main Idea is the most important idea in a story or passage. The main idea tells what the story or passage is mostly about. Most stories or passages have a title.

The title can often reveal something about the main idea. Every paragraph also has its own main idea.


Sequence is the order in which things happen in a story or passage. It is also the order in which things are done.

When you are reading, something always happens first. Then something happens next. Then something else happens, and so on. Understanding Sequence allows us to comprehend this order.

Cause & Effect

An event, something that happens, can be broken into two parts. One part makes the other happen. These two parts are called Cause and Effect.

These two parts, taken together, tell both what happens and why that thing happens. Why something happens is the cause. What happens is the effect.

Comparing &

Comparing is finding how things are similar, or alike. Contrasting, on the other hand, is finding how they are different. You can compare or contrast two or more people, places, things or events.

Comparing and Contrasting allows us to see what things have in common and how different they are.


You can make predictions when you read. Making Predictions involves making an informed guess about what might happen next or later as a result of the events you have read about and understood so far.

To make a prediction you use clues in the story and what you already know.

Drawing Conclusions &
Making Inferences

Figuring out information that is not explicitly stated in a story or passage involves us Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences.

To do this we use information that is given and what we know from our own lives to figure out what is not directly revealed in the story or passage.

FOCUS on Reading facilitates the following components

  • Each Student Book (Levels A–H) features Learn About (an overview with instruction and modelling), Preview (guided practice with scaffolding, plus sample questions with correct and incorrect responses for discussion), 20 independent practice lessons and 5 self-assessments.
  • EAL/D (ELL) support includes activating prior knowledge, scaffolding instruction, pairing students in cooperative learning situations, and focusing on roots, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Teacher Guides include a research summary, strategies for teaching ELLs, an answer form and an answer key.