Activity Overview

Throughout the novel, Bud Caldwell is searching for something: his father, a family, a different life. Using evidence from the text, students will examine Bud's desires and motivations by creating a Wanted poster. Students can also dig into other characters in the novel and create Wanted posters for the things they might be looking for.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a Wanted Poster for something Bud or another character in Bud, Not Buddy is searching for.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the person, place, or thing your chosen character is searching for.
  3. Add a description, reasons, & a reward.
  4. Add an illustration using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/5/4] Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/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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