Looking Closely at Stanza 1—Identifying Rules to Live By Communicated in “If”

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Here is a lesson in which pupils connect themes and rules to live by from the story Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis to those found in the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. First, scholars discuss their reading and review Bud's rules; then, they analyze the poem's first stanza to identify the rules stated there. The lesson concludes with a written exit ticket inviting learners to share what conclusions they came up with. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • For those that did not read to chapter 15, give them time to catch up in a quiet area with supervision, and assign the poem and exit ticket as homework
  • Keep both rules of the story and poem posted as a reference tool during and after the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Materials from previous lessons are referenced; be sure to browse the Included Materials to locate items needed for this lesson
  • The third in a series of 17 lesson plans designed to accompany the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Pros
  • Teaching notes are provided that detail how activities meet the needs of all learners
  • Cooperative learning strategies are incorporated throughout the lesson
  • Common Core designed
Cons
  • None
Common Core