Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 21

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Analyze how Herman E. Calloway responds to Bud being in his house and how Herman’s actions influence Bud.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Ch. 15

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Read the sentence from p. 179 below.

“The door banged open and Herman E. Calloway stood there huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf, only with his belly it looked like he’d already eaten the three little pigs.”

What does the description “huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf”show us about Herman E. Calloway?

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

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Writing Prompt

How does Herman E. Calloway respond to Bud being in his house? How do Herman’s actions influence Bud?

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Key Questions


How does Bud respond to the room? Is he acting his age or acting more mature? Why?
Bud says that Herman E. Calloway doesn't need to worry, he was a liar, not a thief. What does this show about Bud's understanding of himself? Why?
Bud begins to question that Herman E. Calloway is his father. Why? Is Bud right to question Herman E. Calloway?



contaminated     (v.)

to make something impure by adding something undesirable to it

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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).

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