Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 22

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Analyze how Ms. Campbell is feeling and why by Close Reading a text to determine evidence that deepens understanding of character feelings and motivations.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 81 – 89

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

How does Ms. Campbell feel when she finds out what Keena has done? Why does she feel that way?

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Key Questions


How does the illustration on page 85 help a reader understand what is happening?

What details does the author include to show how Keena is feeling?

Read the sentence. "She moved her eyebrows close together to make an angry face, but her lips were pressed together like she was trying not to smile." What does this show about Ms. Campbell?

How does Ms. Campbell feel after Eric explains what happened? How do you know?

What details does the author include to show how Keena is feeling now?





feeling or showing sudden shock or alarm

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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.