Bud, Not Buddy Literature Guide, Lessons, Activities PACKET | DISTANCE LEARNING

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis novel unit - 88 pages of student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and more aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA in Literature for 5th through 7th grade. Designed for as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire, students will be able to self-direct their study in many cases, making it perfect for in-person or distance learning. Please note, however, that this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

Here's what Barbara C. said: This resource is flexible and includes just about every skill development aspect of reading you can think of. It includes prereading, historical context, author information, figurative language, note taking skills, vocabulary, individual reflection, symbolism, and parts of speech to mention a few. My fifth grade class had already started the book, so we took a step back and started to use the materials. They responded well and enjoyed the activities. Excellent resource which will create a more robust reading experience for the students. Great job!!

Steffanie W. said: This is an excellent guide to keep students challenged and engaged in the book. It also covers a variety of standards and is a great resource!! Promotes higher level thinking/questioning.

This Bud, Not Buddy Literature Guide includes:

  • Author Biography and corresponding questions on author Christopher Paul Curtis (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3; RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3)
  • Anticipation/Reaction Guide Pre-Reading and Post-Reading reflection (SL.5.1, SL.5.4; SL.6.1; SL.7.1)
  • Historical Context Notes and corresponding questions on The Great Depression (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3; RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3)
  • Notes on the Elements of Fiction
  • Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions (L.5.6, L.6.6, L.7.6)
  • Defined list of Allusions and Terms found within the novel (L.5.6, L.6.6, L.7.6)
  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Charts, to encourage active reading and help students take notes on characters, events, write a summary of the chapter, and predict coming events (RL.5.2; RL.6.2; RL.7.2)
  • Comprehension Check Questions (numerous standards addressed)

  • Specific Reading: Literature, Language, and Writing Standards-Aligned Activities on:
    • Figurative Language (RL.5.4, L.5.5, L.5.5.A; RL.6.4, RL.7.4)
    • Narrator and Point of View (RL.5.6; RL.6.6; RL.7.6)
    • Elements of Plot (RL.5.5; RL.6.3; RL.7.3)
    • Symbolism (RL.5.4, L.5.4.A, L.5.5.A; RL.6.4, L.6.4, L.6.4.A, L.6.5.A; RL.7.4, L.7.4, L.7.4.A, L.7.5.A)
    • Punctuation (L.5.2, L.5.2.A; L.6.2; L.7.2)
    • Capitalization and Spelling (L.5.2, L.5.2.E; L.6.2, L.6.2.B; L.7.2, L.7.2.B)
    • Characterization (RL.5.2; RL.6.3; RL.7.3)
    • Theme (RL.5.1, RL.5.2; RL.6.1, RL.6.2; RL.7.1, RL.7.2)
    • Word Origins (L.5.4.B, L.5.4.C; L.6.4.B, L.6.4.C; L.7.4.B, L.7.4.C)
    • Context Clues (L5.4.A; L.6.4.A; L.7.4.A)
    • Synonyms and Antonyms (L.5.5.C; L.6.5.B; L.7.5.B)
    • Identifying Parts of Speech (L.5.1; L.6.4.C; L.7.4.C)
    • Shades of Meaning (RL.5.4, L.5.5; RL.6.4, L.6.5, L.6.5.C; RL.7.4, L.7.5, L.7.4.C)
    • Connotation/Denotation (RL.5.4, L.5.5; RL.6.4, L.6.5, L.6.5.C; RL.7.4, L.7.5, L.7.4.C)
    • Dependent and Independent Clauses (W.5.1.C, W.5.2.C, W.5.3.C; W.6.1.C, W.6.3.C; W.7.1.C, W.7.3.C, L.7.1.A, L.7.1.B, L.7.1.C)
    • Verbs and Verb Tense Agreement (L.5.1.B, L.5.1.C, L.5.1.D)

  • Reading Review Crossword Puzzle
  • Vocabulary Review Crossword Puzzle
  • Quizzes Every Three Chapters
  • Two Final Test Versions, one entirely Multiple Choice
  • Novel Summary
  • List of Pre-Reading (11) and Post-Reading (10) Project Ideas and Activities
  • Essay/Writing Ideas and Prompts (6)
  • Project and Response to Literature Rubrics
  • Notes for the Teacher for teaching this Bud, Not Buddy unit
  • Complete Answer Key

Benjamin H. said: Did a novel study using this with 100+ sixth grade students. #LifeSaver This was seriously the best!


Common Core State Standards have not been individually notated within this Guide. Activities and lessons for this Guide are aligned with the CCSS, however, Comprehension Check Questions, quizzes, and tests may not expansively address the full rigor of the Common Core.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.


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