Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 12

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Defend if Bud acts his age or if he acts more mature when interacting with the man on the side of the road.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Ch. 10

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Target Task


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Why did the man want to get Bud off the side of the road quickly?

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Which detail from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

Summarize what happens with the man. When interacting with the man is Bud acting his age, or is he acting more mature? Support your answer with two to three specific details from the chapter.

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Key Questions


  • What description does the author include to show that Bud is now in the country? How does Bud feel about the new setting? Why?
  • Multiple times the man says it isn’t safe for Bud and him to be out on the side of the road. Why? What does the man understand that Bud doesn’t understand?

  • What does Bud see on the front seat of the car? How does it influence his actions? When has Bud acted like this before?

  • Both Bud and the man feel differently about their encounter. Compare and contrast Bud’s and the man’s perspectives on the events of the chapter.



puny     (adj.)

small and weak

jolt     (v.)

a quick and sudden movement

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • 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).

  • RL.4.6 — Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

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