Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 19


Unit 5

2nd Grade

Lesson 19 of 26


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

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford (series) by Melissa Thomson 

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Target Task

Discussion & Writing Prompt

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

Sample Response

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to say sorry for a mistake you have made



to accept an apology from someone and not be mad anymore


  • This is the second 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.
  • SL.2.1 — Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • SL.2.2 — Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • 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.

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