Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 10

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Describe Eric and Keena’s relationship by drawing conclusions about character motivation and relationships.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 8 – 17

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Describe Eric and Keena’s relationship.

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Key Questions


Why did Keena think that Eric's request was mysterious? Why does she decide to listen to him? What does it show about their relationship?

Close Read this sentence from page 12: "I tried to act excited too, because even if Eric's great ideas are not that great, he IS my best friend." What does this quote show about Keena? Why?

How did Keena's feelings about Eric's idea change? Why?

Why does Keena think that second grade is "going to be the best year ever?”

Why does Keena think that Friday "was the worst day ever?”





full of or relating to mystery



weird or odd



meant to last for a long time

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RL.2.4 — Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.