Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 15

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Identify details that help support the development of different thematic topics.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What details does the author include to help support the development of different thematic topics? Pick one to two of the following thematic topics and find evidence from chapters 1-11 that are connected.  

  • family/home
  • resourcefulness/survival
  • kindness/compassion
  • race/racism

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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.

  • SL.4.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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