Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 6

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Describe what life was like in Hooverville and how the description of Hooverville helps the reader better understand the Great Depression.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  pp. 60 – 70 — Ch. 8

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What is the best summary of the first part of chapter 8?

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Writing Prompt

Describe what life was like in Hooverville. How does the description of Hooverville help the reader better understand the Great Depression?

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Key Questions


  • What does it mean to hop a train? How does Bud feel about the idea of hopping a train with Bugs?

  • What description does the author include to help the reader visualize Hooverville?

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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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