Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 14

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Summarize Bud’s experience with the Sleet family.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  pp. 115 – 129 — Ch. 11

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What is a theme that starts to develop in chapter 11?

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Which two details from the text best support the development of theme?

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Writing Prompt

Describe Bud’s experience with the Sleet family.

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Key Questions


Describe the different members of the Sleet family. Do they all have the same perspective of Bud? Defend why or why not.
In what ways do the Sleet family treat Bud with kindness and respect? Explain.
Bud survives on telling lies, yet in this chapter he hesitates before he lies. Why? In what ways have lies been necessary for Bud to both thrive and survive?
Based on Bud's actions, how did he feel while eating breakfast with the Sleets? Why?

How do Bud’s actions with the Sleet family show his maturity?



paltry     (adj.)

very small, or too small, in amount

scrawny     (adj.)

very small or thin

"talking someone's ear off"     (phrase)

to talk to someone too much, usually for more than wanted or appreciated

scolding     (n.)

to say mean things to someone who has done wrong

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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).

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