Bud, Not Buddy: Homelessness

Bud, Not Buddy: Modern issues of homelessness

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

Learning Objective

  • Students will be able connect with the current issue of homelessness and identify and connect to Bud from Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
  • Today I am...using reading comprehension strategies to understand the issue of homelessness.
  • I know I understand when…I am able to identify keys points and write to the issue of children and homelessness in the Newsela article while connecting it to the history of homelessness of the Great Depression.
  • Students will be able to…use highlighting and annotating features to cite and explain evidence which connect the article to Bud’s experience from the Great Depression.

Material needed

  • Bud, not Buddy - working understanding or knowledge of Bud, not Buddy.
  • Computer to access to Newsela.
  • Ability to highlight annotate on the computer - students will need to be shown how to do this.
  • 3-column notes labeled Bud, Newsela, and interpretations: 3-column notes example.
  • Paper to write.

Time Needed

  • 2, 50-minute classes: 1 to read and analyze the texts, and 1 for addressing the Write prompt.

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.

Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

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