Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 23

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Explain what Bud and Herman learn about each other and how they both respond. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Ch. 17-18

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What does the phrase “feeling his way around like he’d been struck blind” show a reader about Herman E. Calloway?

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Writing Prompt

In Chapter 18, what do Bud and Herman learn about each other? How do they both respond?

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Key Questions


Why does Mr. C always have a white person in the band? What does this show about the time period?
What bad habit does Mr. C have after each of his concerts? How does Mr. C respond when Bud says he has some of the same rocks? Why?
How does Mr. C respond when Bud shows him his rocks? How does Bud respond?
How does Bud respond to finding out Mr. C is his grandfather?

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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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