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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure to read my Credits/TOU page, with a note about the cover page art and a link to Christopher Paul Curtis's website.
Included in this unit:
Guided reading questions and keys for all 19 chapters – Besides basic answers to the questions, the keys contain insight into the characters, historical background, inference questions, prediction questions. (Class discussion on the novel is so enjoyable, because kids LOVE this book!)
List of easy projects/extras with little or no teacher involvement needed, for enrichment, extra credit, class or group activities
* Cars of the 1930s
* Great Depression facts
* Hooverville model out of junk (Photos of several)
* Map of Michigan
* Rock project
* Suitcase activity (template included)
* Vocabulary Crossword puzzle Chapter 8
* Duke Ellington – 2 videos
* Ella Fitzgerald scat singing
* “Shenandoah” on the harmonica
Final assessment – 100 points:
* 80-point multiple choice test and KEY
* 3 prompt choices for a 20-point essay on a theme of the novel,
with a presentation giving writing help, a graphic organizer for
each prompt, a rubric for each prompt, and teaching tips.
Suggested uses for the Assessment/Enrichment Pieces:
These pieces are natural extensions of the story. You could use any of the small projects on the list for group work, centers, class presentations, extra credit, or just for fun.
BUD BINGO board (actually my favorite part of this unit) This could certainly be used on its own as an assessment. In fact when I first developed the BINGO board, I used it as part of the final assessment. The students really enjoy this because it allows them to use different approaches: Writing, Oral practice, Artistic work, and Technology. Since I originally used it as a part of the final grade, there is a checklist to keep track of what students turn in. The board could also be used as a source for homework, group work, or centers. (Since the "bingo" aspect is not really a bingo game, you could make it a game by having groups or individuals complete a row in a certain time frame.)
Thank you for taking a look at this unit. I hope that you will use Bud, Not Buddy in your classroom. I know that you and your students will enjoy it!