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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will identify the cause and effect of events from the text. By creating a T-Chart, students will be able to understand how events are related to one another, even if they aren't extremely close to each other in the story.

At the beginning of the novel, Bud and Bugs meet up at the library, and make a decision to ride the rails together. The effect of this decision is the discovery of Hooverville, a place where train hoppers get food and shelter, before catching the next train.

Another cause and effect relationship is the man at the mission who refuses to let Bud in. Strangers see the incident and pretend that Bud is their son Clarence.

Bud speaks to the librarian who helps him figure out how long it will take to walk to Grand Rapids. Knowing this information, Bud begins the long walk only to be stopped by Lefty Lewis.

Lastly, once Bud confronts Mr. Calloway and the band, he is invited to stay at Grand Calloway Station until they are able to figure things out. During his stay, he becomes close with the band members, who give him with a nickname and instruments to play.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Cause and Effect within Plot

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in Bud, Not Buddy. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.


  1. On the left side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that show cause (why).
  2. On the right side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that are the direct effect of that cause.
  3. Write a description below each cause.
  4. In the description under each effect, show how the cause and effect are related.



Rubric

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Cause and Effect T-Chart
Create a T-Chart storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in the story. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cause
All events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes. These events are why something else happened.
Most events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Few or no events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Effect
All events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects. These events are direct results of something else.
Most events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Few or no events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Images
Images clearly show the events in the story that have been identified as causes and effects.
Images show events from the story, but not all images match the cause and effect events.
Images do not represent the story or are missing.
Cause and Effect Relationship
All rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Most rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Few or no rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.




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