Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 20

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Explain how Keena feels about Linny and why they become friends by identifying and describing key details that show character feelings and relationships.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 67 – 73

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

How does Keena feel about Linny? Why do they become friends?

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Key Questions


Does Brian respond the way Keena thought he would? Explain why.

Model fluent reading: Read this page, modeling how you change your voice to show the different characters’ perspectives. Ask students: What did you notice?

What happens when Keena gets to school? What does Linny say and do? Why?

Why does Keena decide to "apologize" to Linny? Did she do the right thing? Explain why.

Why did Keena say that she "thinks Friday is my lucky day”?

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RL.2.6 — Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.