Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 4

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Describe the memories Bud has when he looks through the suitcase and how they impact him.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Ch. 5

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Target Task


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Which is the best summary of the chapter?

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Writing Prompt

What memories does Bud have while he is looking through the suitcase? How do the memories impact him? Describe at least two memories and how they impact Bud.

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Key Questions


  • Describe what is in Bud’s suitcase.

  • Bud carries around a picture of his momma from when she was a little girl. What memories does the picture evoke for Bud? Why?

  • Why does Momma feel so passionately about Bud's name? What is the significance of the name?

  • Bud’s Momma always told him that “no matter how dark the night, when one door closes, don’t worry, because another door opens.” How is Bud’s understanding of what this means evolving and changing? Why?



fumbling     (v.)

to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

hard-headed     (adj.)

very stubborn

insist     (v.)

to demand something happen

nosy     (adj.)

wanting to know other people's business

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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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