Inside the Curriculum
The relevant sample is below the explanation.
Blueprint for Reading
Into the Selection helps students think about the thematic focus of the piece. What drives the action and the characters? What compels the author to write? What is the author trying to tell us? Into the Selection helps the students distinguish between topic and theme. Students may also be asked to think about, predict, look for, make notes, or find the answer to a question, as they read the selection.
In Focus the specific literary component taught with the selection is defined and explained for the student. How has the author used the literary component? How does the literary component influence the subject, theme, style, and genre? In Focus, the students see how writing comes to be!