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BUD, NOT BUDDY
By Christopher Paul Curtis

Skill: similes

Meet Bud Caldwell, an unforgettable 10-year old who is determined to make his way in the world! Bud has been living in an orphanage and foster homes since his mother’s death four years ago. Now Bud feels it is time to go out “on the lam” to find his father. A series of lucky breaks and eye-opening experiences brings Bud face-to-face with his past and his future.

This idea works great when used before reading Chapter 7! Instead of using common similes, Bud’s extraordinary comparisons define his character and create humor. For example, in Chapter 1, Bud describes his caseworker’s shoes as “sounding like little firecrackers going off”; in Chapter 3, Bud “held the rake like it was a Louisville Slugger”; and in Chapter 5, he describes his Mamma as being fast “like a tornado.” Before reading Chapter 7, share these similes with students and then prompt them to be on the lookout for more of Bud’s similes in the chapter. Upon completion of the chapter, have students share any examples noted. Then discuss how these similes paint a picture of Bud’s personality. Finally, give each student a copy of this worksheet to practice changing ordinary similes into extraordinary ones that Bud might use.

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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