Bud, Not Buddy: Civil Rights

Bud, Not Buddy: Civil Rights, do we still have issues to address?

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis received the 2000 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. Bud is a 10-year-old orphan in search of his true family roots during the Great Depression. This novel is a great companion for discussing contemporary civil rights issues with younger readers. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections 

  • English: Bud, Not Buddy 
  • History: U.S. History, The Great Depression, Civics

Newsela Article

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Learning Objective

  • Today I am…using reading comprehension strategies to name what are civil rights.
  • I know I understand when…I am able to identify keys points in the Newsela articles with current issues involving civil rights.
  • Students will be able to…use highlighting and annotating features to cite and explain evidence which connect to issues and concerns addressed in Bud, not Buddy.
  • Students will be able to connect current civil rights concerns with the book Bud not Buddy.

Materials needed

  • Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
  • Copies or computer to access to Newsela.
  • Ability to highlight on paper or able to annotate on the computer.

Learning Standard 

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

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