Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 18

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Describe how Ms. Campbell responds to Keena’s lies and what this tells us about Ms. Campbell 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. 62 – 66

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

How does Ms. Campbell respond to Keena’s lie? What does this show us about Ms. Campbell?

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Key Questions


What does the word "sternly" mean? What does it show about how Keena's mom is feeling?

Close Read: “I stood in the front of the room alone. I felt very, very small.” Describe what this means.

What consequences does Keena get at school? Are they fair? Defend.

What consequences does Keena get at home? Are they fair? Defend.





in a serious and strict way

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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.