Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 15 - Writing

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Write a letter to Keena describing what she should do by stating an opinion and supporting the opinion with details from the text and personal connections.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson 

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

Write a letter to Keena describing what you think she should do next and why.

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  • This is a writing-about-reading/discussion day. The focus is on students giving advice to Keena based on the lessons that Keena should be learning. In the advice letters, students should include specific action steps and explanations. Student letters should also connect directly to specific key plot events from the text.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.2 — Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • RL.2.5 — Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • W.2.1 — Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.