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Bud, Not Buddy Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Bud, Not Buddy Book Club Focused on Story Elements

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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 7 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 7 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Use this six question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with understanding text structure.
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Book Title:
Bud, Not Buddy
Book Author:
Christopher Paul Curtis
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Historical Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
U
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Award Winners, Family, Friendship, Black History Month, Decision Making, Perseverance, Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 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, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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