Keena Ford

Lesson 6 - Discussion


Explain how other people influenced the decisions that Andrew made and what we can learn from him to make our lives better by identifying and interpreting key details that support the main lesson of a text.

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Target Task


How did other people influence the decisions that Andrew made? 

What can we learn from Andrew to make our own lives better?

Mastery Response


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  • This day should be set up as a close-reading/discussion day. If time, students should write their answers.
  • Before leading students in the discussion below, create a plot map as a way of synthesizing and identifying the key events of the story. The key plot events should then be used to guide the discussion.
  • These questions are slightly more specific than the traditional discussion of the essential question days. But, the two related essential questions should be discussed in connection with this target task. 
    • How do other people influence the decisions you make in your life?
    • How can peer pressure be both positive and negative?
  • Key things for students to pull out around what we can learn from Andrew: 
    • Peer pressure influences the things that we do.
    • We should be confident and content with what we look like.
    • It’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. Miss Kelly didn’t make it into a big deal.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.2 — Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • RL.2.5 — Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • SL.2.2 — Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • W.2.2 — Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.