Activity 1:
My Rules for Life

Throughout the book Bud, Not Buddy you can find "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself". How did Bud come up with his rules? Do you have any rules for you life? For example, some people live by the "golden rule" which says to treat others like you wish to be treated.


Share a fable. Create rules for your own life.

Process and Resources

  1. When Bud was little, his mother read him fables like Brer Rabbit. Click Uncle Remus to see the cover of a book by Joe Harris. In the late 1800s, this African-American author wanted to share the stories told to him by former slaves before they were lost. These stories involved animal characters such as Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Select one of the Remus Tales to read. Retell the story to another member of the class.
  2. Fables often end with a lesson to be learned. They are simple truths and morals that we often overlook in everyday life. Start your own "Rules for Life" list.
  3. Probably the most famous fables were told by Aesop over 2500 years ago. Over the centuries they were written down by many different people. Use the websites below to find a fable you can apply to your life. What's the moral or lesson? Discuss your idea with a classmate.
  4. Write your own fable using a word processor.

Project Guidelines

Use the following guidelines for retelling your story:

  • Create an outline or story sequence list to help you remember the basic plot.
  • Follow the basic structure of the original story including a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Be sure your audience understands the purpose of the fable.

Use the following guidelines writing your fable:

  • The fable should have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • The fable should include a theme, moral, or lesson to be learned.


Tell a fable to a younger child. Share the importance of the moral of the story.

Teacher Resources
Student Resources

Developed by Annette Lamb, 3/00.