I hope that I can assist with your query.
In this regard, I find the origin of the word 'focus' from the Latin word for hearth or fireplace ; a convergence point. The objective of a focus question should be to 'engage the students' (i.e. begin the lesson with a controversial question ; thereby the discovery process commences before the lesson begins and therefore guiding the lesson and giving students a reason to be excited about the lesson. And, 'no right or wrong answers' is something that I will always remember.
I suggest you watch this video; which I think would be quite appropriate to your query.
cheers and good luck in your teaching.
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For science, I use the Evidence Statements in NGSS. It really helps to figure out what I want students to be able to do. Then I work backwards based on what they already know and can meet the students at the right level of rigor. Here is the link for the evidence statements: http://www.nextgenscience.org/evidence-statements
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