While the story of Maniac Magee is highly engaging and fun to read, I think we can all agree it also addresses some pretty heavy and timely social issues: homelessness, death, depression, bullies, segregation, racism, cultural divides, and the importance of the family. What better way to address these societal concerns that through the medium of such an inspiring character.
First quoted formally by Abraham Lincoln, the quote, “Actions speak louder than words,” must have been Jeffrey Lionel Maniac Magee’s motto. Without ever “preaching” to anyone, he simply “saw” and “acted.” Never seeking the limelight, he spotlighted the ills of his day and led by example, even if unknowingly.
These activities might best be used by either older, gifted or advanced students, but they may certainly be modified any way you wish to reach all older elementary to middle school students. While the reading level is at 4.7, the interest level is stated to be for grades 4-7.
Table of Contents
Vocabulary by Chapter Groupings
Thinking Things Through Comprehension/Discussion Questions by Chapter Groupings
Using Figurative Language Poster: Similes, Metaphors, Personification
4 Types of Writing PostersWriting an Exposition
Expository Writing Topic Assignment
Writing Descriptively Assignment
Descriptive Writing Organizer
Narrative Writing Assignment
Persuasive Writing and Assignment
Other Available Novel Study Units:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Novel Study Unit
The Acorn People: Novel Study Unit
The Secret Garden: Novel Study Unit Abel's Island: Novel Study Unit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Novel Study Unit Wonder: Novel Study Unit
Number the Stars: Novel Study Unit
Island of the Blue Dolphins: Novel Study Unit I Am David: Novel Study Unit
The Dollhouse Murders: Novel Study Unit
Sign of the Beaver: Novel Study Unit