Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 10 - Writing

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Write a multiple-paragraph essay that describes what the Great Depression was and how the setting influences how the story unfolds.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 

  • Book: Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Write a multiple-paragraph essay to answer the following essential question. 

What was the Great Depression? How does the setting of the Great Depression influence the way the story unfolds?

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Common Core Standards

  • W.4.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

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