Lesson: Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 12)

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Lesson Objective

Characters change their feelings in response to events. Readers notice feeling changes and think about what caused them.

Lesson Plan

Lesson 12:


  • Determine character motivation and feelings from thoughts, dialogue, actions, and punctuation.  Trace how and why characters’ feelings change over the course of a text and how that helps establish a theme.
  • Determine the purpose of individual sentences and paragraphs and their role in the text.
  • Identify supporting evidence and provide elaboration for inferences.


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: Characters change their feelings in response to events. Readers notice feeling changes and think about what caused them.


Reading binders, pencils, copies of Bud, Not Buddy, OR handout  


Reading Workshop Lesson:

  •  Readers, in the past few days we’ve met a lot of new characters in Bud, Not Buddy, so we’ve been talking a lot about traits because it is really important to get to know secondary characters to understand why they are important to the book. Today, we are going to go back to discussing Bud’s feelings. We know that characters’ feelings often change when an important or unusual event happens. Today, we are going to read Chapter 14, notice when Bud’s feelings change, and think about what events caused that feeling change.  
  • [Stop after the first paragraph on page 162.] How does Bud feel at the beginning of the chapter? What is causing him to feel this way?
  • [Stop on page 166 where Bud apologizes to Herman Calloway.] How does he feel now? [Discuss – conclude that Bud feels disappointed or annoyed by the way that Herman Calloway is treating him. Read to the end of page 166 and notice that the attention of the band members makes Bud feel excited again.]
  • [Stop at the top of page 173.] Bud is overjoyed and excited about being in the Sweet Pea with Miss Thomas, Jimmy, and the other band members. What is he doing that doesn’t show that he’s excited? [Call on a student to explain that he’s crying.] Why might Bud be crying? What event might have caused Bud to cry? [Discuss – maybe it is because he realizes how important this place is to him.]
  • [Read to the end of the chapter.] Any other thoughts about what might have caused Bud to cry? [Hopefully most students will understand that Bud realizes that this is more like a home than any other place he’s been, and that makes him cry with happiness.]
  • Readers, in your historical fiction books and in everything you read, you should notice when a character’s feelings change. When you notice a character’s feelings change, you should think about what important or unusual event may have caused the feeling change.
  • We have another OR today, and again we are going to write a short paragraph with three parts: a topic sentence, a direct quotation from the text, and elaboration connecting the quotation to the topic sentence. Here is today’s question [put up and read aloud]: How does Bud feel about Jimmy? Differentiate support among students working independently, in pairs, and with teacher support.

Lesson Resources

Chapter 14 - Open Response.docx  


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