Bud, Not Buddy Novel Study

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
Formats Included
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72 pages
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This novel study for Bud, Not Buddy includes chapter questions, before reading activities, main idea and details activities, context clue activities, inferencing activities, writing prompts, and a review card game. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this novel.

There are ten pages of chapter questions, one for each two chapters of this novel, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Each page has eight questions including main idea and detail questions, context clue questions, and inferencing questions with space for students' answers. These can be used for interactive notebook pages or for chapter assessments of these important reading skills.

The two before reading activities include one about previewing the book and one about the Great Depression.

The three main idea and details activities include a character map for Bud, a setting activity, and a sequence of events activity.

The two context clues pages include questions about locating context clues, choosing among multiple meanings, choosing the best definition, and defining vocabulary words.

The four inferencing activities include:

An inference chart about quotes from the story

Inferring character traits

Inferring themes

Making inferences from figurative language

There are three writing prompts - one narrative, one informational, and one opinion prompt.

This I Have . . . Who Has . . ? Game is a fun whole-class activity for reviewing the details of the story after reading.

The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes for student responses. It includes all of the chapter questions and activity sheets. The printable card game is located in the PDF file.

This novel study supports a number of the Reading: Literature standards, especially those involving using text-based evidence, determining main ideas and details, using context clues, and making inferences.

Also see more novel study assignments here.

For specific reading skills, see Task Cards and Informational Text.

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Total Pages
72 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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