What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 4


Describe how Ruby’s feelings changed by asking and answering questions about character feelings.

Make connections to what it means to be a good friend and part of a strong team.    

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What important lesson did Ruby learn at the end of the text?

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Key Questions


  • Ruby is in a new school for the first day. How do you infer what she is feeling? What are the clues in the story that make you think that?

  • Ms. Hart says “What a coincidence!” What do you think she means by that? Why?

  • How does Ruby feel about Angela? How does Angela feel about Ruby? What in the story makes you think that?

  • Something has changed about Angela on this page. What is it? Why do you think her feelings about Ruby changed?

  • Why does Ms. Hart keep Ruby back from lunch? What advice does she give Ruby?

  • Make an inference: Why did Ruby’s ears turn red?



coincidence     (n.)

when two things happen at the same time by accident

copycat     (n.)

someone who repeatedly copies what others say or do

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.1.1 — Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • RL.1.3 — Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.