Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 8

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Predict what will happen in Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by identifying and explaining evidence about character actions and motivations.

Readings and Materials

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

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Based on the preview on the back of the book, what do you predict will happen? Why?

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Key Questions


Based on the book preview, what do we know about Keena?

What "mess" has Keena gotten herself into? Why?

Is telling the truth always easy? Why or why not?

What do you predict Keena will do to "get out of this mess"? Why?



"clean slate"


a new start



a problem



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Common Core Standards

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

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