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BUD, NOT BUDDY Unit Plan Novel Study (Print & Digital DISTANCE LEARNING)

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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635+ pages, slides, & forms
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Our Combination Bud, Not Buddy Package has 635+ pages and slides (300+ print and 335+ digital Google Drive) that will get your learners enjoying the rigor and creativity of our engaging activities built from best teaching practices. We want to make your lesson planning journey easy, so you can focus on your expertise. This novel study includes a curriculum map pacing guide that offers our day-by-day suggestion for how to plan out your weeks of lessons. Our pedagogy section explains the instructive idea behind the activity, gives ideas for implementation, and aligns it to the standards. We've filmed some training videos on (1) how to assemble a Novel Analysis Packet that is unique to the academic needs of your learners and (2) how to effectively use our Quickwrite writing prompts.

To make your digital experience smooth, we include instructions (w/ screenshots!) of how to download and organize your resources in Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. We've added Google Forms versions of each activity that auto-corrects their responses using a suggested answer key (which you can adjust afterward or modify your answer key) and compiles grades into a spreadsheet with learners' names and class periods to make things easier for you to grade all in one place (some types of question aren't able to auto-grade, though, because of the short-answer format).

TEXT: BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis

LEVEL: 5th-8th

TOTAL: 635+ combined slides/pages in lesson plan unit

→ Based off the 2000 Scholastic Edition [ISBN: 0439227534].

Our activities easily integrate w/ Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Canvas, Schoology, Edmodo, Blackboard, Moodle, Brightspace, Sakai, Showbie, Remind, & more.

Pacing Guide and Answer Keys included

Perfect novel to teach during Black History Month.


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Both versions & the combo bundle contain the same activities. The only difference is how they are optimized for print/in-person or digital distance learning. The print/in-person version is formatted to save you photocopies and ink, while the digital makes use of colorful, rich graphics and more space for working along with easy-grade forms. And the Combo bundle includes all of it to meet your shifting needs day-to-day.



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♥ Great unit plan. Very thorough!

♥ Perfect for my junior high resource class.



→ Suggested timeline of how a teacher could plan out the unit

→ Detailed explanations of the goals of each activity and how to conduct the activities

→ Meets Common Core Standards

→ Easy to differentiate for different learning levels: Honors, 2nd language learners, and Sped

PreReading Bias Activity (print : digital)

- answer thematic questions to get students thinking about the novel

- 11-page + 14-slide activity

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Google Earth Introduction Tour (print : digital)

- Flint, Michigan; Flint Library; Bud's trip to Grand Rapids; all the rocks; the Sit-Down Strike at General Motors and Herman E. Calloway's Log Cabin Lounge...and many of the 40 locations zoomed in to the 3D street view. It's rockin awesome.

- 40-location 3D tour across the midwest

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9

Plot Chart Analyzer Diagram Arc (print : digital)

- analyze the 6 parts of the plot

- 1-page + 2-slide analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

- Suggested answer key provided

Conflict Graphic Analyzer - 6 Types of Conflict (print : digital)

- Students analyze the 6 different types of conflict in stories

- 2-page + 2-slide analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

- Suggested answer key provided

Characters Analyzer (print : digital)

- analyze the main characters using novel quotes

- 5-page + 5-slide analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3

Settings Analyzer (print : digital)

- analyze the main settings using novel quotes

- 1-page + 2-slide analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Symbols Analyzer (print : digital)

- Students analyze the 6 different symbols in the story

- 8-page + 6-slide analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Figurative Language Instructional Slideshow (print : digital)

- We set out to make the most helpful, most compelling, most graphically attractive teaching resource for you to introduce your learners to all the various figurative language. This 70+ slides and 70+ Google slides slideshow will help you introduce how every many you need to teach your level of learners.

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

Figurative Language Activity (print : digital)

- analyze and complete 52 figures of speech specific to the novel

- 5-page + 14-slide bundle (3 parts)

- Similes vs. Metaphors

- Figurative Language Analysis

- Similes, Metaphors, Idioms, Hyperboles, Analogies, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Puns, Symbols

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4

Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts (print : digital)

- 1/2 writing assignments to spur much deeper conversational thinking

- 35-question slideshow

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1

18 Comprehension Pop Quizzes (print : digital)

- a 5-question pop quiz per chapter

- 38-pages + 56-Google slides

- The purpose of these is so students who read the chapters recently would ace the quiz and students who didn't read recently would not do well.

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10

Aesop's Fables - 8 Stories (print : digital)

- Bud's mom used to read Aesop's Fables to him at bedtime. Here are 8 printable Aesop's Fables like the ones Bud might have read. They're a cool-looking way to do a Gallery Walk for students to read all 8 stories in a quick amount of time.

- 8-page + 8-slide activity

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things (print : digital)

- Throughout the story, Bud shares various samples of his Rules and Things for a Having Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Our of Yourself. Students will read those, draw connections between the themes and tone, then write their own rules and things. This is a fun activity that will connect students deeper with Bud and his mindset on life.

- 18-page + 3-slide activity

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

Shenandoah Song Analysis (print : digital)

- Bud hears the band playing the classic folk song "Shenandoah" and talks about it for a moment. Let's read, listen to, and study the song and its meaning for the novel.

- 1-page + 3-slide activity

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment (print : digital)

- 90 vocabulary words from the novel

- six 15-question lists & quizzes

- 18-page + 60-slide Bundle includes list of words, quiz, and answer keys

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4

Persuasive Essay and Speech (print : digital)

- 3 response to literature essay options for students to choose from; optional delivery of essay as a speech

- Includes essay topics and speech grading rubrics

- 6-page + 11-slide bundle

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1

Movie vs. Novel Comparison

- 2-page + 2-slide activity

- Students compare & contrast the movie and novel

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

- NOTE: As far as we know, there isn't currently a film adaptation for this movie. This tool will be useful when that movie is released.

Enjoy, Maams and Sirs!



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··· Paperless. No printing.

··· Instant saving ... students work in the file.

··· 1:1

··· Technology Proficiency

··· Easy integration w/ these Learning Management Systems (as of 9/24/2020): Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Canvas, Schoology, Edmodo, Blackboard, Moodle, Brightspace, Sakai, Showbie, Remind, & more.

··· Works on Chromebooks, Android Tablets, and other devices

··· Engaged students

··· Easy group work

··· Paper trail of revisions for teacher to see


··· Teacher Tutorial - access link and how to use this with your learners

··· Microsoft OneDrive user instructions - a step-by-step visual tutorial. This will only take minutes!

··· All slides can be used over and over again.



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