Bud, Not Buddy Resource Set

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Set during The Great Depression, Bud, Not Buddy, tells the story of a 10-year-old boy on a mission to meet his father. Students will quickly become engaged with this award-winning novel and will benefit from studying how Christopher Paul Curtis used a variety of text structures to tell Bud’s story.

Teach with Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 8 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Text Structure
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8B  5.8C 5.8D
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Bud, Not Buddy Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for text structure, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Bud, Not Buddy Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8B  5.8C 5.8D

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Text Structure

    The Bud, Not Buddy Book Club explores text structure. This first meeting discusses beginning with characters, setting, and plot as a foundation for understanding the structure of this narrative.

    Meeting #2: Characters, Setting, Plot

    Students will use Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis to examine how the characters, setting , and plot add to the events of the story. To help organize their thinking, students will create a graphic organizer for their Reader's Notebook.

    Meeting #3: Description

    This Bud, Not Buddy Book Club meeting looks at author Christopher Paul Curtis' use of description to help the reader see, hear, smell, taste, or feel what is happening in the text. Students will notice how the inclusion of detailed descriptions enables the reader to better understand the story.

    Meeting #4: Compare and Contrast

    In Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, students will gain experience with the compare and contrast text structure. The use of a Venn diagram creates a visual representation of what students are reading.

    Meeting #5: Cause and Effect

    Cause and effect is an important text structure for showing the relationship between events in Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Lewis. Student discussion during this meeting focuses on examining the causes and effects of important story events.

    Meeting #6: Sequencing

    Comprehension improves when readers are able to understand how the story unfolds. Using Bud, Not Buddy, students will detail the sequence of events using words like first, next, after, then, and last.

    Meeting #7: Plot: Climax and Resolution

    Using a Rising Action graphic organizer, students will plot the main events of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This activity will reinforce the rise and fall in action that is part of a narrative's text structure.

    Meeting #8: Reflection

    The final meeting for the Bud, Not Buddy Book Club offers a time for students to reflect on their exploration of text structure across all of the meetings.

    Bud, Not Buddy Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with understanding text structure.

    Bud, Not Buddy Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Bud, Not Buddy and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Bud, Not Buddy Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Bud, Not Buddy. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Spanish Resources

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Bud, Not Buddy Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Bud, Not Buddy, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Bud, Not Buddy Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Bud, Not Buddy Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Bud, Not Buddy Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Bud, Not Buddy Resource Set.

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