Discovering Self: Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 8

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Analyze the ways in which Bud carries his family around inside of him.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  pp. 71 – 80 — Ch. 8

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Which is the best summary of pp. 70–80 of Chapter 8?

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Writing Prompt

On p. 73, Deza says, “I guess you sort of carry your family around inside of you, huh?” What does she mean by this? In what ways is this true? Support your answer with one to two specific examples from the text.

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Key Questions


  • Summarize Deza and Bud’s interaction. In what ways is Bud acting his age? In what ways is he acting mature for his age? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.





a person's relatives



to move or act in a nervous or restless way

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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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