Bud, Not Buddy

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Bud, Not Buddy is a terrific choice for a class novel study for several reasons:

  • Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a young boy living during the 1930's Great Depression. Through this story students get a feel for this time in American history: poverty, hardships, orphanages, hunger, soup kitchens, and Hoovervilles.

  • Students can visualize the way different races were treated during this time in history. For example, Herman E. Calloway always had to have a white member in his band. This band member booked concert dates and "legally" owned Calloway's home.

  • Bud, Not Bud is rich in figurative language. The author filled the novel with similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and so on. The novel even contains language that was made-up by the main character Bud. The author's word choice really enhances the novel.

  • Bud, Not Buddy is a Common Core Exemplary Text. This means that the novel contains complex language, advanced vocabulary, and other elements to challenge students.

 

Notice the anchor chart is completed using sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.

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These are free sample constructive response organizers. Just click on one of the images to download the pdf version of these organizers. The first constructive response organizer pairs well with the anchor chart above.

Ways to Use the Graphic Organizer

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

 

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

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These are free sample constructive response organizers. Just click on one of the images to download the pdf version of these organizers. The first constructive response organizer pairs well with the anchor chart above.

 

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Bud, Not Buddy Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice. Click on the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers where you can take a look at the preview and purchase this unit.