Lesson: Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 6)

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Lesson Objective

Readers use what they know about a character’s traits to make predictions.

Lesson Plan

Lesson 6:

Standards:

  • Identify character traits and cite exact textual support for the thoughts, words, and actions that reveal their personalities.
  • Determine the purpose of individual sentences and paragraphs and their role in the text.
  • Identify supporting evidence and provide elaboration for inferences.
  • Determine the setting and the significance of the setting on the traits, feelings, and motivations of characters. 

 

Big Idea: People are influenced by and react to their setting so you need to consider the setting carefully. Readers of historical fiction can use what they know about a setting to understand character actions, feelings, motivations, and traits to make predictions.

 

Teaching Point: Readers use what they know about a character’s traits to make predictions.

Materials:

Reading binders, pencils, copies of Bud, Not Buddy

 

Reading Workshop Lesson:

  • Readers, we now know that a character’s words, actions, and thoughts can be influenced by many things. They can be influenced by the character’s traits. They can be influenced by an important event that causes the character to change his or her feelings. And they can be influenced by the character’s setting. Today we are going to focus on character traits and how you can use character traits to make predictions about what the main character will do next. You can use character traits to make predictions because you know that a character’s traits represent how that character thinks, speaks, and acts MOST of the time.
  • Before we start reading chapter 7, remind your partner what we know about Bud’s traits. [T&T then share out – any student you call on should be able to tell you that Bud is bold, clever, and imaginative.] As we read, I’m going to stop every once in a while and ask you to predict what Bud will do next.
  • [Read to “I’m looking for Miss Hill” on page 55. Take predictions. What is Bud going to do next? What is he going to ask Miss Hill? Prompt students to use Bud’s traits as evidence.]
  • [Read to the end of the chapter. Take general comments. Re-read the last two paragraphs and talk about what Bud means when he says another door is about to open. Then take predictions. What is Bud going to do next? Prompt students to use Bud’s traits as evidence.]
  • Scholars, by now you should have a pretty good understanding of the main character’s traits in your own reading. You should be using what you know about the main character’s traits to make predictions about what they will do next in your book.
  • Now we’re going to write another OR. Remember that our big focus is on using direct evidence from the text to support our answer to an open response question. Here is today’s question [post and read aloud]: How does Bud feel about going back to the Home at the end of the chapter? 
    • Find the specific part of the text where Bud talks about going back to the home (pg. 59)
    • Write a topic sentence: Bud does not want to go back to the Home at the end of the chapter.
    • Pick the most important detail and punctuate it using commas and quotation marks
    • Discuss and write an elaboration sentence that explains how this shows that Bud doesn’t want to go back to the Home

See attached multiple choice questions for chapter 7 on context clues.

 

Lesson Resources

Chapter 7 - Context Clues.docx  
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Chapter 7 - Open Response.docx  
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