Lesson Plan

Figurative Language and Word Choice: A Closer Look at Bud, Not Buddy (Chapter 2)

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The difference between an average and an unforgettable writing can lie in the author's word choice. The figurative language in Chapter 2 of Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Medal Winner, Bud, Not Buddy, is the focus of a series of exercises that show readers how word choice can affect tone and meaning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members generate their list of rules
  • Assign the writing activity as homework or an individual assignment after your lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The second session in a 12-lesson unit study of Curtis's novel
  • Seventeen-page booklet includes specific directions for the activities, discussion questions, worksheets, and graphic organizers
  • It connects well to your existing novel unit
  • None