Bud, Not Buddy

Lesson 1

Objective

Explain what life was like during the Great Depression. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman  pp. 3 – 11

  • Book: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  — Back of the Book

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Target Task

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Writing Prompt

What was life like for Americans during the Great Depression?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • What was life like during the Great Depression?

  • What caused the Great Depression?

  • How do the photographs help the reader better understand the Great Depression?

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.4.3 — Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • RI.4.7 — Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Spiral Standards

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RF.4.3

RF.4.4

RL.4.10

SL.4.1

W.4.10