Describe what makes Keena believe that it really is her birthday and how her mom responds by identifying and explaining evidence that shows character feeling and perspective.
Book: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson pp. 51 – 62 — read to "NOW"
Why does Keena start to think it really is her birthday?
How does Keena’s mom respond? Why?
Why does Keena feel like a "big fat liar"? Is she a big fat liar? Defend.
When Keena finds out Eric is going to be gone her feelings change. Why?
Why does Keena say that "she felt her face getting warm"? What does the description show about Keena?
Why does Keena's mother ask her to come to the hall?
Does Keena continue to lie or does she start telling the truth? Why?
How does Keena's mother respond? What does it show us about her?
Make sure to challenge students to think about why Keena and her mom have different perspectives on the situation.