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Keena Ford

Lesson 8


Explain why Keena’s mom thinks a journal is a good idea by drawing conclusions about character motivation and relationships.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson  pp. 1 – 7

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Target Task


Why does Keena’s mom think a journal is a good idea?

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Key Questions


  • Describe Keena (using evidence from the entire chapter).
  • Who are some of the important people in Keena's life? Describe them.
  • What does the illustration on p. 3 show about how Keena feels about Tiffany? Why?
  • Why did Keena get in trouble at the doctor's office last year? What does this show us about her?
  • What does Keena's teacher mean when she says she should spend less time "worrying about other people's business"?




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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.