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  • Additional words can be selected by each teacher. Some of the listed words have dual meanings, such as dribbles, which can mean a basketball skill or rolling slowly, and recorder, which can mean a device to record something or, as in this case, a beginners musical instrument.
  • In the book, Bud has to calculate the time it would take to walk from Flint, MI to Chicago, IL. This is a good exercise to introduce students to fact-gathering and research. It also provides an opportunity to teach the proper construction of a word problem. Scenarios could be developed whereby Bud walks part of the way, or for a period of time, then rides with someone in a car or a train for another portion of his journey.
    Monetary conversions could be introduced, since an entire meal of 10 cents was quite a banquet during the Great Depression. Students could use web-based currency conversions to estimate the cost of different items in different countries. Using GDP and average salary tables, teachers could show students the effect of buying power using percentage of earnings instead of flat rate costs.
    Students could learn to adjust for dollars of different years by comparing the historic prices of certain consumer goods to the prices today.
  • The setting of this book is the 1930’s, during the Great Depression in America. Teachers could use descriptions of the times and events in Bud’s life to present the mood of America during a time of want.
    The mention of Hooverville in the book can introduce politics of the day. The President is seen as being responsible for the condition of the country, and when people begin living in cardboard jungles (a term directly from the text) near railroad lines, they take on the name of the leader at that time, Herbert Hoover.
    Teachers could use this book to introduce racial concerns at that time, although the book does not emphasize differences in races. Blacks are not treated differently in the book, and this could lead to open discussion about regional differences in race relations during the early 20th century.
    Packard automobiles, jazz music, and railroad travel all are obsolete or out-dated now, so discussing these subjects could introduce a different cultural theme and give us background information about how we came to be where we are today.
  • Bud Not Buddy

    1. 1. http://www.africanafrican.com/negroartist/African%20American%20Artists.htm An Introduction to Bud, Not Buddy Recommended addition to the 7th grade Required Reading list at Sweetwater Middle School Lilburn, Georgia Department Sponsor and Presenter: Steve Carpenter Sweetwater Middle School
    2. 2. Pertinent Book Information Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Illustrator: None Date: 1999 Pages: 243 ISBN: 0-439-22188-9 Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Category: Fiction Awards: Winner 2000 - ALA Coretta Scott King Award Winner 2000 - ALA Notable Children's Books Winner 1999 - School Library Journal Best Books of the Year Winner 2000 - IRA Children's Book Award for Older Readers Winner 2000 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults Winner 2000 - ALA Coretta Scott King Award Winner - ALA Best Books for Young Adults Winner 1999 - Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
    3. 3. Book Summary Bud Caldwell is a ten year old African American orphan growing up in Flint, MI during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. His mother left him only a few trinkets when she died, and these seemingly insignificant possessions trigger Bud’s desire to find his father based on their clues. There are adults in his life that help him along the way, as well as a big surprise waiting on him when he reaches his destination.
    4. 4. Suggested Vocabulary List 11. jackknife 12. recorder 13. doggone 14. union 15. flyer 16. mouth organ 17. thug 18. paddled 19. lam 20. dribbles 1. foster family 2. commence 3. drowsy 4. hoodlum 5. orphanage 6. alias 7. fiddle 8. hypnotizing 9. dusky 10. britches
    5. 5. Cross-Discipline Activity : Math background: http://www.verrazano-consulting.com/FinancialPage.html Images from: www/animationfactory.com Time and Distance Calculations Map Reading Word Problems Conversions Percentages Historic Prices Inflation Cost of Living Increases
    6. 6. Cross-Discipline Activity : History The Great Depression (1930’s) “Hooverville” & Period Politics Racial Sensitivity Packard Jazz music Railroad travel
    7. 7. Cross-Discipline Activity : Music Big Band music, especially scat and jazz, are featured prominently in this book. Music teachers could use this to introduce new genres of music to students. The recorder, alto sax, drums and bass are all mentioned in this book. Discussions about different woodwind and percussion instruments could uncover a students interest in these instruments. http://www.art.com/products/p12191792-sa-i2790677/bernard-ott-jazz-band.htm
    8. 8. Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) This book integrates the following GPS’s for the 7th grade curriculum: READING READING COMPREHENSION LISTENING, SPEAKING, VIEWING ELA7R1 ELA7R2 ELA7R3 ELA7RC1 ELA7RC2 ELA7RC3 ELA7RC4 ELA7LSV1 (Grade Seven, 2006)
    9. 9. Comments from Mr. Carpenters 7th grade class of 2009 about Bud, Not Buddy “ This was the best book on the reading list. It was easy to understand and I got to read about a boy from a different culture living on his own. The music we got to listen to in class was fun.” – Nathan C., 12 years old “This was a great book. I thought that Bud would never find his family. I was happy when he did and he found a job.” – Tim D., 12 years old “I enjoyed reading this book. It was not too long and the story was interesting, so I read it in just one weekend.” – Alicia B. , 13 years old
    10. 10. References • Georgia Department of Education (2006). Grade Seven. Retrieved September 10, 2009, from https://www.georgiastandards.org/standards/Georgia%20Performance %20Standards/Grade-Seven.pdf