Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 11

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Describe the relationship between Keena and her dad by identifying and describing evidence that shows character relationships and feelings.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 18 – 28

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Describe the relationship between Keena and her dad.

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Key Questions


When Keena told him about her dad about the all-girls classroom, he said, “Maybe we should go out for coffee and talk about it.” What does this show about Keena's dad?

Why does Keena like going to the coffee shop with her dad?

Why does Keena not want to be in a class with all girls?

What advice does Keena's dad give her? Why?

Choose one page to model fluent reading. Ask: “What did you notice I did as a fluent reader on this page?”





to tell the truth



to express unhappy feelings about something



feeling thanks

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Common Core Standards

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

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