What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 7


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

Make connections to how friendships and feelings can change and what we can learn from each other.

Readings and Materials

Target Task


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

Mastery Response


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Key Questions


  • Teach the word hummus

  • How does the author show that Lily and Salma are good friends? Extend: How does this fit with what we’ve learned so far about being a good friend? 

  • Why do the two girls argue? How does it make them feel? 

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

  • Why does the author say the girls felt “ashamed by what they saw”? Why is that important? 

  • What did the girls learn? 

  • End: How did they share what they learned with the entire school?




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.