Lesson Plan

The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy

A lesson about the Great Depression doesn't have to depress your students! They will enjoy building background knowledge for *Bud, Not Buddy* with great interactive and cooperative learning tasks.
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Learning Objectives

Students will summarize text and cite quotes as evidence.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(15 minutes)
  • Explain to the students that the class will be starting a new book titled Bud, Not Buddy.
  • Show students the book and cover.
  • Read aloud the inside cover to give students more information about what they will be reading.
  • Elicit discussion by asking students questions about what the book will be about. Great questions should lead them to acknowledge the year 1936.
  • Activate prior knowledge by asking them to discuss in their groups what is significant in American history during the 1930s.
  • Have a whole group discussion and introduce the idea of the Great Depression.
  • Explain that students will now build background knowledge on the Great Depression so they will be able to understand the setting of the story.

Beginning

  • Allow students to perform a picture sort of several U.S. 1930s images.

Intermediate

  • Compare and contrast several mixed images from the U.S. 1930s and modern America.