ICEA 2023 Summer Reading Comprehension + Writing Class

Class Instruction

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2023 Summer Reading Comprehension + Writing Class:

Bud, not Buddy

(Grades 4 – 6)

In this class, students will complete a book study on Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This is a great way to practice literature analysis, comprehension skills and paragraph writing. Students will focus on:

  • Evaluating characters based on their thoughts, actions and dialogue
  • Developing vocabulary through figurative language
  • Analyzing social justice issues
  • Determining theme

Every lesson will include at least two opportunities to write to a prompt, and will end with a writing homework assignment to apply what we learned. Students will receive feedback on their homework in order to help them improve.
This is a great class to help students maintain and practice their reading competence over the summer!


Instructor: Ms. Rachael


  • Tuesday & Thursdays @3:45 – 4:45pm PT (from 7/11/23 to 8/3/23)

Book Summary


It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:
He has his own suitcase full of special things.
He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him–not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Reading Schedule

  • Day 1: Chapters 1-4
  • Day 2: Chapters 5-7
  • Day 3: Chapters 8-9
  • Day 4: Chapters 10-11
  • Day 5: Chapters 12-13
  • Day 6: Chapters 14-16
  • Day 7: Chapters 17- end of book
  • Day 8: Entire Book

Price: $200/8 Classes



  1. The online zoom link will be sent out in the booking confirmation email as well as shown at the top of this page.
  2. All students will be invited to join a Google Classroom before the class begins.
  3. All registration is not refundable.


About the Teacher:

Rachael has been an educator for over 15 years and has been teaching ICEA writing class for more than 3 years. She currently teaches writing class in Aurora, Colorado. She received her masters in elementary education from Johns Hopkins University. Rachael is passionate about educating children and believes that every child can be successful with the right amount of support and resources. In her spare time, she likes to read, play Harry Potter trivia and bake treats from scratch.


All books we have read through and practiced writing:


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