Bud, Not Buddy- This is a journal style approach to a novel study. A traditional novel study uses comprehension questions, vocabulary terms, and section quizzes. This journal style approach is different because the students engage with the text and each other as they explore what makes a book a great and enduring novel, not just a fun story.
Each chapter will focus on one of the Common Core standards for literature: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, or Reading Strategies. For each chapter, there is typically a short pre-reading lesson, followed by the chapter reading, and a post-reading section. Students are often asked to predict, visualize, question the text, make inferences, and connect to the text they read. I find this approach to model what might be discussed in a book club, not just pages of school work.
This journal is used by copying all the pages at once, front to back, and placing in a three-pronged folder. I typically begin class with the pre-reading mini-lesson. Students then either read quietly or join me in a small group to read aloud the chapter. They finish the post-reading section individually, with a partner, or in small groups, depending on the nature of the assignment. We debrief by sharing out answers.
Many chapters and the accompanying pre- and post-reading lessons can be finished in one class period, but some chapters will take two days. Some of the visualization pictures can be optional or done for homework or extra credit. The lessons were designed with an hour-long class in mind. The estimated length for the novel study is 4 - 6 weeks.
Click the preview above to see the introduction and lessons for the first three chapters.
The zipped file contains two pdfs- the student version and the teacher notes.
I hope you and your students enjoy the “Enriched Reading Experience” of Bud, Not Buddy as much as I did.
We also have a Touching Spirit Bear Journal and Novel Study for Middle School ELA
as part of the "Enriched Reading Experience".
Common Core Standards (Grade 6)
RL.6.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences; cite textual evidence.
RL.6.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development.
RL.6.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
RL.6.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including…figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning and tone.
RL.6.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
RL.6.10 Read and comprehend complex literary…texts independently and proficiently.