Lesson: Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 15)

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Lesson Objective

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

Lesson Plan

Lesson 15:


  • 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: Secondary 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 prompt


Reading Workshop Lesson:

  •  Readers, we’ve been focusing on Bud’s feelings for the past several days. It is also important to keep track of secondary characters and their feeling changes. We are going to read chapters 17 and 18 today, and in those chapters, Herman E. Calloway is going to have a very strong response to a very important event. Remember that Herman E. Calloway is usually mean and grouchy, so we’ll notice when his feelings change because he is going to start acting in a way that is unusual for mean and grouchy people. 
  • [Read Chapter 17 straight through. Take general comments and predictions at the end of the chapter.]
  • [Start reading chapter 18 and stop on page 205 to discuss why Herman Calloway always keeps a white guy in the band – connect this back to what we know about the setting.]
  • [Stop after the first paragraph on page 207.] What just happened? How does Herman Calloway feel now? [T&T]
  • [Stop at the bottom of page 210.] How does Herman feel now? What caused him to get so angry all of a sudden? [Discuss, then take some predictions.]
  • [Stop on page 212 where it says, “Herman E. Calloway’s pipe dropped out of his mouth…”] How does Herman feel now? Why?
  • [Read to the end of the chapter and take general comments and predictions.]
  • Readers, in this chapter, we learned something really important about how Bud is connected to Herman E. Calloway. The author chose to reveal this connection to us by showing us how Herman’s feelings changed before and after he saw Bud’s rocks. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to secondary characters’ feelings in your reading!
  • 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 Herman E. Calloway react when Bud tells him his mother’s name? Differentiate support among students working independently, in pairs, and with teacher support.




Lesson Resources

Chapter 17-18 - Open Response.docx  


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