Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 13

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Describe how Bud’s perspective of the man changes.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  pp. 108 – 115 — Ch. 11

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Target Task


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Which event best helps Bud begin to trust Mr. Lewis?

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

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Writing Prompt

How does Bud’s perspective of Mr. Lewis change? What causes the change?

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Key Questions


  • How did Bud prove that Mr. Lewis wasn't a vampire? Was Bud acting his age or more mature? Why?
  • Even though Bud had tried to steal his car, Mr. Lewis says, "You'll never know how grateful I am to you, Bud." Why does he say this? How does this build on the ideas from chapter 10?
  • What news did Bud get that made his "face nearly split in half from the giant smile"?
  • How does Bud's relationship with Mr. Lewis change? Why?



"spitting image"     (phrase)

someone who looks very much like someone else

doze     (v.)

to sleep lightly for a short time

judgmental     (adj.)

judging people too quickly and harshly

reputation     (n.)

a common opinion that people have about something or someone

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Common Core Standards

  • 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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