Theme from Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Bud Not Buddy Theme

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In this activity, students will identify themes in Bud, Not Buddy and support the theme with details from the text. Several themes are present in the novel, and students should discern how these themes are developed.

Student Example of Theme from Bud, Not Buddy

People Helping People

Throughout the novel, many strangers help Bud survive; they provide shelter, food, transportation, and even lie to keep Bud safe.

  • Lefty Lewis provides a ride to Bud after finding him in the woods at 2:30 in the morning.
  • Mrs. Sleet provides Bud shelter and breakfast.
  • Ms. Thomas not only provides shelter, but also the comfort and affection that Bud so desperately needed when he arrives in Grand Rapids.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Bud, Not Buddy. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from Bud, Not Buddy you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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