What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 6


Describe how the main characters change by asking and answering questions about character motivation.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What do the two girls learn about friendship? How do they learn it?

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Key Questions


  • How does the author show that Lily and Salma are good friends?

  • Why do Lily and Slama argue? How does it make them feel?

  • How did the girls’ fight impact the entire school? Why? How did it make the girls feel?

  • The author says the girls felt “ashamed by what they saw.” Why do the girls feel ashamed?

  • What did the girls learn? How did they learn it?



misunderstood     (adj.)

when you don’t understand something or you confuse what someone is saying

insults     (n.)

things people say to make someone feel bad

ashamed     (adj.)

to feel sorry and embarrassed about your words or actions

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Common Core Standards

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

  • RL.1.2 — Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

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