Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 1

Download Lesson 1
Download Icon Created with Sketch.


Explain what life was like during the Great Depression. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman  pp. 3 – 11

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Back of the Book

Subscribe to Fishtank Plus to unlock access to additional resources for this lesson, including:

  • Enhanced Lesson Plan
  • Essential Task Guide
  • Student Handout Editor
  • Vocabulary Package


Target Task


Writing Prompt

What was life like for Americans during the Great Depression?

Sample Response


Create a free account or sign in to view Sample Response

Key Questions


  • What was life like during the Great Depression?

  • What caused the Great Depression?

  • How do the photographs help the reader better understand the Great Depression?

Enhanced lesson plan

Enhanced Lesson Plan

Get recommendations on pacing and lesson structure, as well as suggestions for meeting the needs of a range of learners. Download Sample

Common Core Standards

  • RI.4.3 — Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • RI.4.7 — Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Supporting Standards