Introducing “If” and Noting Notices and Wonders of the First Stanza

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After reading chapter 14 of the story Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars take part in a read aloud of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling and compare it to the reading of Bud, Not Buddy. Learners then go deeper into the poem by analyzing its first stanza and recording what they notice and wonder in a graphic organizer. To conclude the lesson, pupils bring it all back to Bud, Not Buddy with a written exit ticket. 


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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a Bud, Not Buddy bulletin board to display class members' final products and other story related items 
  • Hang a large version of the poem on a wall, and invite learners to write their notices and wonders directly on the poster 
  • Keep track of class members that are not completing the reading assignments at home and give them time to catch up during a study or silent reading period
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members must have a copy of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The second in a series of 17 lesson plans designed to accompany the novel, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Look through Included Materials to locate some of the materials required for this lesson 
  • Teacher notes are written to explain how activities meets pupils' needs 
  • The lesson plan is written clearly and in detail 
  • Cooperative learning strategies are incorporated into the lesson
  • There are no lines on the worksheet which may make writing a challenge for writers with large or sloppy print
Common Core