Bud Not Buddy Lesson 1
Journal Entry #1 August 8, 2011 • Based on the book covers to the left, make predictions: • In what time period will this story take place? • Who is the main character? • What can you predict about the main character? • What is the importance of the band picture on the front? • What do you already know about the Great Depression?
Author Introduction (credibility) Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy is Christopher Curtis’ second novel. The story is based upon his two grandfathers’ experiences growing up during the depression. The themes are based upon the author’s research on the thirties and the United Auto Workers Union strikes that took place in Michigan during the time as well.
Discussion Why is he a foster child? What happened to his parents? Has his experience in foster homes been good? What do you think will happen in his next foster home with the Amos family? How does Bud feel about his friend Jerry? What will happen to Jerry?
Brute – any animal other than a man; a beast • Commence – to come into existence; begin • Cur – a dog considered to be inferior or undesirable • Decoder – someone or something that converts code into something legible • Glum – in low spirits; dejected • Ilk – type or kind Vocabulary Wordschapters 1-3 Copy these onto your own paper. I suggest you make a tab in your binder for vocabulary and use flashcards to study.
Ingratitude – lack of gratitude • Lavatory – a room equipped with toilet facilities • Provoked – incited anger or resentment • Twine – strings that have been twisted together • Urchins – small mischievous boys • Vermin – various small insects or animals that are destructive or annoying • Welted – beat severely QUIZ FRIDAY
Chapter 1 Read the rest of the chapter on your own. In your journal, reevaluate your predictions, if needed. If not, write what you have learned about life during the Great Depression based on Bud’s story.