Unit: Character Development in Historical Fiction: Bud, Not Buddy

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Unit Description

Big Ideas: • Authors write historical fiction to show the reader what it was like to live in a certain time period. Readers can use historical fiction to learn about new settings. • 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 and to make predictions. This unit uses the text Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Each chapter lesson is accompanied by a cyclical review worksheet or open response question.

Lessons

Historical Fiction Setting: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 1) Resources: 1

Authors write historical fiction to show the reader what it was like to live in a certain time period. Readers can use historical fiction to learn about new settings. When readers start a historical fiction book, they think about what they already know about that setting.

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Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 2) Resources: 2

Readers can determine the main character’s traits through their actions, thoughts, and words.

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Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 3) Resources: 2

Readers can determine the main character’s traits through their actions, thoughts, and words.

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Historical Fiction Setting: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 4) Resources: 1

Readers notice when the time or setting changes in a text. They think about why this time or setting is important to the main character.

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Historical Fiction Character Actions: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 5) Resources: 1

Readers notice when characters’ actions are connected to the setting.

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Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 6) Resources: 2

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

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Historical Fiction Setting: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 7) Resources: 2

Readers add new knowledge about the setting to the knowledge they already had.

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 8) Resources: 2

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

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Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 9) Resources: 2

Readers can determine secondary characters’ traits through their actions, thoughts, and words

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Historical Fiction Character Actions: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 10) Resources: 1

Readers notice when characters’ actions are connected to the setting

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Historical Fiction Character Traits: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 11) Resources: 2

Readers can determine secondary characters’ traits through their actions, thoughts, and words

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 12) Resources: 1

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

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 13) Resources: 1

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

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 14) Resources: 1

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

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 15) Resources: 1

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

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Historical Fiction Character Feelings/Theme: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 16) Resources: 1

When characters’ feelings change, it is usually because they have learned an important lesson. It is the readers’ job to figure out what that lesson is.

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Historical Fiction Afterword: Bud, Not Buddy (Lesson 17) Resources: 1

It is common in historical fiction for the author to include an “afterword” that emphasizes the important things the reader should learn about the book’s setting.

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Unit Resources

Bud, Not Buddy Unit Plan.docx  
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