Bud, Not Buddy: A Novel Study Unit (Google Classroom, PDF Printable & Easel)

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4th - 8th, Homeschool
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Great resource to refresh my usual novel study of Bud, Not Buddy. It was easily adaptable for differentiation and worked very well for leveled reading groups.
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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is the perfect novel to share with your students for so many reasons.

Summary: Bud is an orphan living at the Home after his mother passed away. For four years he has dreamed of finding his father, but it is after a placement with the Amos family, that Bud takes off on a true adventure to find Herman E. Calloway. Your students will laugh out loud at the adventures of Bud Caldwell and cheer for him as he seeks to find the fairytale ending he has hoped for.

Included in this NO PREP PRINT AND GO novel study:

• Lesson plans for immediate and simple teacher instruction

• 3-pages of context clue word work

• 2-pages of character analysis work

• main idea work

• 23-pages of chapter-by-chapter reader response questions

• a story map

• figurative language work

• 3-journal prompts for post-reading writing

• answer key

Your upper elementary to middle school students will love this realistic historical fiction novel!


**A digital version is also included for use with Google Classroom.**

With the digital version, you have the option to go 100% paperless.


Novel not included, but FYI:

Interest Level

Grades 4 - 8

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 5.2

Lexile® Measure: 950L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: U

Type of Book: Chapter Book


Historical Fiction


Adoption and Foster Care


African American


Running Away



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Total Pages
54 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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