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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Teacher Guide by Elizabeth Pedro

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Bud, Not Buddy is a historical fiction novel by Christopher Paul Curtis about an orphan boy during the Great Depression. It is a story that relays the hardship of a young African American boy on his journey to find his place in the world.

Softly entwined throughout the story are interesting historical tidbits, all while maintaining a light-hearted, humorous quality. This Bud, Not Buddy lesson plan includes activities that will help students interactively and creatively grasp important concepts in the story!

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!




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A Quick Synopsis of Bud, Not Buddy (Contains Spoilers)

Bud, Not Buddy summary: Bud Caldwell is a ten-year-old orphan living in a foster home in Flint, Michigan. His prized possessions are some band fliers and rocks he carries around in an old suitcase. Bud is placed in the care of the Amoses, a couple with a twelve-year-old son. After a confrontation between the two boys, Bud is locked in a dark shed for the night. Bud escapes and, after getting some revenge on the other boy, slips into the night.

Bud realizes that being “on the lam” is a lot more challenging and scary than he imagined. Bud decides that he needs to find the man from the flier, Herman E. Calloway, who he believes to be his father. Bugs, a friend from the orphanage, comes across Bud sleeping under a tree at the library. The two decide to ride the trains out of Flint. However, when it comes time to jump on the train, Bud doesn’t make it, and is left to walk to Grand Rapids alone.

Fortunately, he is spotted in the middle of the night, on a dark country road by the good-hearted Lefty Lewis. Lefty worries about Bud being alone, and with the promise of some pop and a sandwich, he convinces Bud to get in his car. Bud cleverly tells Lefty that he has run away from his dad in Grand Rapids. Just as he had hoped, Lefty gives Bud a ride to his “father”.

When Bud finally reaches Grand Rapids, he approaches Herman E. Calloway and the band members, stating that he has arrived to be with his father. Mr. Calloway is an old, grumpy man, who simply dismisses the boy, but the band members agree to take him in, until everything gets sorted out.

Bud begins traveling with the band, and assists them with cleaning the stage and carrying their instruments. At one of their shows, Bud notices Mr. Calloway picking up some small, smooth rocks. This reveals the connection between Bud and Mr. Calloway – he is not Bud’s father, but his grandfather. Bud realizes that he has been sleeping in his dead mother’s bedroom during his stay. With this knowledge, Bud sets out his mother’s belongings, which he's had with him all along, and begins practicing trumpet so he can be a true member of his grandfather’s band.


Essential Questions for Bud Not Buddy

  1. How did the Great Depression affect people in the 1930s?
  2. "When one door closes, another one opens.” What does this mean? What could it mean in your life?
  3. What is kindness? How do strangers show kindness?
  4. Is perseverance a necessary human quality? Why or why not?

Bud, Not Buddy Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Bud, Not Buddy Character Map


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In this activity, students can create a character map of the characters in the story, paying close attention to the physical attributes, and the traits of both major and minor characters. Students can also provide detailed information regarding the challenges the character faces, the challenges the character imposes, and the importance of the character to the plot of the story.

Characters in the character map are:

  • Bud
  • Todd Amos
  • Bugs
  • Deza Malone
  • Lefty Lewis
  • Ms. Thomas
  • Herman E. Calloway
  • Steady Eddie
  • Mr. Jimmy

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Bud, Not Buddy and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for Physical/Character Traits, How does this character interact with the main character?, and What challenges does this character face?.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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Bud, Not Buddy Theme


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In this activity, students will identify theme 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 "Use this Template" from the 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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Bud, Not Buddy Cause and Effect


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In this activity, students identify the cause and effect of events from the text.

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.

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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.



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Bud, Not Buddy Literary Conflict


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In this activity, students identify any of the conflicts that were present in the story.

Examples of Literary Conflict in Bud, Not Buddy

MAN vs. SOCIETY

One conflict is between Bud and the orphanage: Bud was placed in an unfit foster home.


MAN vs. MAN

Another conflict is between Bud and the Amoses: Todd physically attacked Bud while he was sleeping, and Mr. and Mrs. Amos locked Bud in the shed overnight.


MAN vs. MAN

The last conflict is between Bud and Mr. Calloway. Bud confronts Mr. Calloway and identifies him as his father, but Mr. Calloway wants nothing to do with Bud and barely acknowledges him.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Bud, Not Buddy.


  1. Identify conflicts in Bud, Not Buddy.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.



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Bud, Not Buddy Plot Diagram


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Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.



In this activity, students will demonstrate their understanding of the story’s sequence. Students should identify major turning points in the novel.

  • The first important decision Bud makes in the story is to escape from the Amos’ home.
  • Bud's next decision to ride the trains didn’t go as planned and Bud was left to find his way to Grand Rapids.
  • With some good luck, Bud is stopped by Lefty Lewis and receives a ride to Mr. Callaway’s band rehearsal. At this rehearsal, Bud claims that Mr. Calloway is his father.
  • The band takes Bud into their care and a short time later it is revealed that Mr. Calloway is not Bud’s father, but his grandfather.
  • Bud has finally found his “home” in his mother’s bedroom.

Example Bud, Not Buddy Plot Diagram

Exposition

Bud is placed in the care of the Amos family, who lock him in their shed. He escapes to fend for himself on the streets of Flint, Michigan.


Conflict

Bud meets up with an orphanage friend, Bugs. They plan to ride the rails together, but Bud falls behind, and doesn't make it onto the train. Bugs throws back Bud's beloved suitcase.


Rising Action

Bud decides to walk the 120 miles from Flint to Grand Rapids, to find his father, Herman E. Calloway. Along the way, Lefty Lewis discovers the boy, and takes him in for the evening, promising to bring him to Grand Rapids the following day.


Climax

Bud identifies Herman E. Calloway as his father. Nobody believes him, but they agree to take him to a restaurant and get it all sorted out.


Falling Action

Bud realizes that Herman Calloway has rocks similar to those he carried around from his mother. Herman accuses him of stealing the rocks, but, in truth, they are a clue to their true relationship.


Resolution

Mr. Jimmy and Ms. Thomas identify Herman E. Calloway as Bud's grandfather. Bud finally feels at home in his mother's bedroom, and is eager to learn how to play the trumpet, and join the band.


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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of Bud, Not Buddy.


  1. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.



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Bud, Not Buddy Vocabulary


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In this activity, students are able to demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using images, dialogue, and sentences. Students may be provided the vocabulary words, or they can use words that they have discovered through reading of the text. The sentences and images cement their understanding of the word and its context in the novel.

Example Bud, Not Buddy Vocabulary Words

  • glum
  • mission
  • commence
  • provoke
  • vermin
  • privilege
  • assurance
  • brim
  • urchin
  • stricken
  • embouchure
  • tidings
  • rummage
  • ornery

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in Bud, Not Buddy by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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