This activity goes along with Christopher Paul Curtis's Bud, Not Buddy.
In this packet, I have collected the 11 "Rules and Things" that Bud uses throughout the book. (I have a small class so each student picked one, but with larger classes it could be a group effort.)
Students selected a Rule and illustrated it--either in the context of the story or personal experiences. They then had to take that rule and analyze what it shows us about Bud's character and past experiences: What has happened in his life that would make him create this rule? How does it show the effect of his past on his character/thoughts/opinions/relationships?