Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 14

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Describe what “mess” Keena gets herself into and what she decides to do by identifying evidence that shows character conflict and perspective.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 38 – 44

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

What “mess” does Keena get herself into? What does she decide to do

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Key Questions


How does Keena write her birthday? Is it correct? Explain why.

Why does Keena not tell the truth when Ms. Campbell asks her?

Model fluent reading: Read the dialogue between Keena and her brother. Ask them to notice how you read it fluently.

What does Keena decide to do? Why?

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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.