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Literature: "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis

These sites are about the book, “Bud, Not Buddy” and the author Christopher Paul Curtis. Includes lesson plans, discussion questions, study guides, online quiz, interviews, and photographs. Also covers the topic of the Great Depression, jazz in America, and attractions in Flint, MI. There is a link to eThemes resources on the Decade: 1930-1939.


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This site provides brief information about the author and his books. Includes advice for young writers. Click "For Teachers" to find suggested classroom ideas and activities that go with his books. NOTE: This site has links to external websites.
Scroll down to read an interview transcript about the author's family, life, and inspiration. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This page provides a summary and discussion questions for the book.
This page has a discussion guide that goes along with the book. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Here is a variety of activities that can be used with the novel study.
This 3-page PDF fil has suggested activities and internet resources that go along with each chapter of the book.
This is a web-based thematic unit on "Bud, Not Buddy". Includes teacher and student resources that integrate the activities with technology. NOTE: the correct URL for Random House in teacher resources is
Take an online quiz to test how much you know after reading the book.
This companion website to the documentary film has extensive information about jazz, including musician biographies, discographies, audio samples, timelines, and more.
This site provides various online resources and suggested classroom activities for studying the great depression.
Read the depression news compiled by Michigan Historical Museum.
This page provides photographs of the Great depression. Note: This site includes ads.
This site has extensive lesson plans for grades five, eight, and eleven. The lesson plans are for social studies, American history, or music teachers. Also, watch a video of Jazz musician Thelonious Monk. NOTE: The video leads to YouTube.
Click on the "Play" icon to listen to a brief presentation on Flint, Michigan. Scroll down to find a list of attractions in Flint under the "Play" heading. Michigan. Note: The teacher should review the site before using in a classroom.
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s, Amelia Earheart, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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