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. The story tells of poverty, hardships, orphanages, hunger, soup kitchens, train hopping, and Hoovervilles.
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.
Teaching Ideas for the Book
You may wish to have students complete the anchor chart by writing the details on sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.
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.
Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.
Bud, Not Buddy Book Unit
If you would like to try out the Bud, Not Buddy Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including: