Jerry Spinelli Novel Study Unit BUNDLE for Grades 4-8 Common Core Aligned

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This Jerry Spinelli BUNDLE contains the following PRINT AND GO novel units WITH ANSWER KEYS:

• Crash

• Maniac Magee

• Stargirl

• Wringer

If you are looking to:

1) differentiate instruction in your middle school classroom teaching novels, this is a perfect tool.

2) have a resource that can be utilized with reading groups throughout the school year!

Maniac Magee info

Interest Level: 4-8

Lexile Framework: 820L

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Guided Reading Level: W

Age: 9-13

Genre: Classics, Realistic Fiction

Subject: Family Life, Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences, Individuality

Summary: He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Mania Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.

Wringer info: Intervention Group

Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Grade Level: 3 - 7

240 pages

Theme: Peer Pressure/Animal Rights

Summary:Palmer dreads his 10th birthday, when he will become a "wringer," trained to wring the necks of pigeons gunned down in an annual shooting contest. The thought of killing the birds sickens him, as does the bullying behavior of his three buddies. When Palmer makes a pet of a stray pigeon, he struggles to find the courage needed to confront his peers and act according to his conscience.

Crash info: On-level

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 6 and up

176 pages

Theme: Bullying/Peer Pressure/Family Unity

Summary: Crash Coogan is befriended by the new school "dweeb" and does everything he can to discourage the friendship that Penn Web so badly wants. Crash insults and humiliates Penn, but Penn keeps coming back. Only when Crash's adored grandfather, Scooter" becomes ill, does Crash find out who his real friends are, and the true meaning of friendship.

Stargirl info: Enrichment Group

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

208 pages

Theme: Self-Confidence

Summary: Jerry Spinelli captures the collective, not-always-pretty emotions of a high school microcosm in which individuality is pitted against conformity. Spinelli's Stargirl is a supernatural teen character--absolutely egoless, altruistic, in touch with life's primitive rhythms, meditative, untouched by popular culture, and supremely self-confident. It is the sensitive Leo whom readers will relate to as he grapples with who she is, who he is, who they are together as Stargirl and Starboy, and indeed, what it means to be a human being on a planet that is rich with wonders.

NOVELS Not Included!



• Crash Novel Unit Resources BUNDLE

• CCSS Novel Unit BUNDLE for Grades 4-8

• CCSS Novel Unit BUNDLE for Grades 3-5

• Cam Jansen CCSS Book Bundle for Middle Grade Intervention

For End of Novel Projects...

• End of Novel Projects for ANY NOVEL


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Total Pages
115 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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