Referring to Specific Details and Examples to Explain the Text Bud Not Buddy

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SWBAT refer to specific details and examples to explain text-based questions relative to chapters 9 - 19 and construct a written summary of the book Bud, Not Buddy.

Big Idea

The students will construct a well-written summary of Bud, Not Buddy.


1 minutes


4 minutes

I begin the lesson by getting my students to tell a brief summary of chapters 1-8 of the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  I, then, explain to them that for this lesson, we will examine other characters in the book and complete a Character Analysis graphic organizer on characters other than Bud and write a summary of chapters 9-19.  I tell them in a previous lesson, we watched a short Brainpop video on the Great Depression.  In this lesson, we will watch a Brainpop video on causes of the Great Depression.  (Click here to watch video.)  (Teacher may facilitate the graded quiz as a whole class after watching the video.  It is a great check for understanding for students. If you do not have a account, please locate another short motivational video on the Internet to provide students with some context relative to The Great Depression.)

Book Discussion

30 minutes

(Students should have already read chapters 9 - Afterword in Bud, Not Buddy).

As part of our two week unit on Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, we will now use Accountable Talk practices (distribute Accountable Talk handouts to scholars) to do a book discussion of chapters 9 - 19 of Bud, Not Buddy.  (Use Think-Pair-Share and whole group discussion).  (See attached Powerpoint presentation as a resource.)

Independent Practice

20 minutes

During the course of our book study of the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, we have done a thorough examination of the main character Bud.  Now, I feel it is time for my scholars to give closer attention to some of the other characters.  Next, I have scholars complete a Character Analysis graphic organizer (see handout) for characters other than Bud in the book Bud, Not Buddy.  For homework, I ask my scholars to use their Character Analysis graphic organizer to construct a 1 paragraph summary about chapters 9 -19 of the book Bud, Not Buddy.  You may want to use your Written Summary Formula (see attached resource handout).


5 minutes

To close this lesson, I have my students to take 5 minutes to list 3 new vocabulary words they have learned from reading Bud, Not Buddy.

Please be sure to continue the Bud, Not Buddy two week unit with the next lesson Bud, Not Buddy Jeopardy (Chapters 9 -19).