Learning From Mistakes: Keena Ford

Lesson 9

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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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Discussion & Writing Prompt

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

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Key Questions


What does the illustration on page 3 show about how Keena feels about Tiffany? Why?

Who are some of the important people in Keena's life? Describe them.

Why did Keena get in trouble at the doctor's office last year? What does this show us about her?

What did Keena’s mom say to her? Why?

What does Keena's teacher mean when she says she should spend less time "worrying about other people's business?"





in place of; rather

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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.