Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 25 - Writing - 3 Days

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Write a letter to an incoming second grader describing what lessons you have learned from the unit texts and how they can apply them to their own life.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Freckle Juice by Judy Blume 

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson 

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

The first graders at your school are getting excited for second grade. They are eager for advice about how to be in second grade. Using what you learned from this unit, and your own experience, write them a letter with your advice.


  • One or two pieces of advice
  • At least two pieces of evidence from one or both of the texts in this unit
  • One personal connection
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Common Core Standards

  • L.2.1.f — Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).

  • L.2.2.b — Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.

  • SL.2.4 — Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

  • 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.