Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 17

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Describe what makes Keena believe that it really is her birthday and how her mom responds by identifying and explaining evidence that shows character feeling and perspective.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 51 – 62 — Read to "NOW"

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

Why does Keena start to think it really is her birthday?

How does Keena’s mom respond? Why?

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Key Questions


Why does Keena feel like a "big fat liar"? Is she a big fat liar? Defend.

When Keena finds out Eric is going to be gone, her feelings change. Why?

Why does Keena say that "she felt her face getting warm"? What does the description show about Keena?

Why does Keena's mom ask her to come to the hall?

How does Keena's mom respond to the lie? What does it show us about her?





sad or displeased because someone or something did not happen the way you wanted it to

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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.