Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 21

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Explain why Keena decides to go into Ms. Hanson’s classroom by identifying and describing key details that show character feelings and motivations.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 73 – 81

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Why does Keena decide to go into Ms. Hanson’s classroom? Did she make the right decision? Explain why.

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Key Questions


“But Eric didn’t look excited.” Why did Eric not look excited?

Why does Keena say, "I wish I could be in your class when you eat pudding pie"?

What does Keena notice when she is in Ms. Hanson's classroom? Why does she not leave?

How does Keena feel when she is hiding under the desk? What details does the author include to help the reader better understand how Keena feels?





a feeling of envy towards another person and what he or she has or can do

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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.