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Maniac Magee Complete Unit - Handouts, Lessons PACKET | DISTANCE LEARNING

Simply Novel
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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Maniac Magee 173-page Literature Guide includes student coursework, quizzes, tests, and teacher resources, aligned with 6th through 8th grade English / Language Arts Common Core content standards. Designed for as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire, students will be able to self-direct their study in many cases, making it perfect for in-person or distance learning. Please note, however, that this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

Katherine M. said: I LOVE this resource! I have used several other Simply Novel units for books I teach. They are excellent resources! The unit is well organized, easy to use, and hits common core standards. I cannot say enough good things about the Maniac Magee Unit.

Jennifer T. said: Loved this resource!! Extremely well thought out and full of a wide variety of reading elements to study besides just comprehension. You really do not need any other novel source with this available!

This Maniac Magee novel unit includes:

  • Notes and Activity on the Elements of Fiction
  • Reading and activity on author Jerry Spinelli (RI.6.1, RI.6.7; RI.7.1; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
  • Anticipation/Reaction Pre-Reading Activity (RL.6.2; RL.7.2; RL.8.2)
  • Historical Context reading and activity on Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement (RI.6.1, RI.6.7; RI.7.1; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
  • Complete list of Allusions and Terminology, defined (L.6.6; L.7.6; L.8.6)
  • Vocabulary lists both with and without definitions (L.6.6; L.7.6; L.8.6)
  • Active Reading/Note-Taking Guide (RL.6.1, RL.6.2; RL.7.1, RL.7.2; RL.8.1, RL.8.2)
  • Comprehension Check Study Guide questions for each section (numerous standards addressed)

  • Reading: Literature standards-aligned activities on
    • Figurative Language (RL.6.4, L.6.5.A; RL.7.4; RL.8.4, RL.8.9)
    • Setting (RL.7.3)
    • Descriptive Language (RL.6.4, L.6.5.A; RL.7.4; RL.8.4, RL.8.9)
    • Conflict (L.6.1, RL.6.3; RL.7.1, RL.7.3; RL.8.2, RL.8.3)
    • Imagery (RL.6.4, L.6.5; RL.7.4, L.7.5; RL.8.3, RL.8.4)
    • Elements of Style (RL.6.4; RL.7.4, L.7.3.A, RL.8.4, L.8.5)
    • Theme (Rl.6.2, RL.6.3; RL.7.2, RL.7.3; RL.8.2, RL.8.3)
    • Character Development (RL.6.1, RL.6.3; RL.7.1, RL.7.3; RL.8.2, RL.8.3)
    • Elements of Plot (Rl.6.2, RL.6.3; RL.7.2, RL.7.3; RL.8.2, RL.8.3)

  • Language CCSS aligned activities on
    • Hyphen, Colon, and Semi-Colon
    • Vocabulary in Context (L.6.4.A; L.7.4.A; L.8.4.A)
    • Identifying Parts of Speech (L.6.4.B, L.6.4.C; L.7.4.B, L.7.4.C; L.8.4.B, L.8.4.C)
    • Synonyms and Antonyms (L.7.5.B; L8.5.B)
    • Verb Tense and Agreement (L.6.1, L.6.1.C; L.7.1; L.8.1.B, L.8.1.D)
    • Word Origins--Etymology (L.6.4.B, L.6.4.C; L.7.4.B, L.7.4.C; L.8.4.B, L.8.4.C)
    • Sentence Structure (L.6.3.A; L.7.3.A; L.8.3.A, L.8.3.B)
    • Capitalization, Spelling and Grammar (L.6.2; L.7.2; L.8.2)
    • Vocabulary Extension (L.6.4.A; L.7.4.A; L.8.4.A)

  • Special Social Issues informational texts and questions or activities on
    • Juvenile Runaways (RI.6.1, RI.6.5, RI.6.7; RI.7.1, RI.7.5; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
    • Bullying (RI.6.1, RI.6.5, RI.6.7; RI.7.1, RI.7.5; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
    • Prejudice and Racism (RI.6.1, RI.6.5, RI.6.7; RI.7.1, RI.7.5; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
    • Illiteracy (RI.6.1, RI.6.5, RI.6.7; RI.7.1, RI.7.5; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)
    • Homelessness (RI.6.1, RI.6.5, RI.6.7; RI.7.1, RI.7.5; RI.8.1, RI.8.3)

  • Reading Quizzes for each section (3-5 chapters)
  • Vocabulary Quizzes every 10 chapters
  • Part I, Part II, Part II Tests
  • Two Final Test versions--one entirely multiple choice
  • Novel Summary
  • Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities (numerous standards addressed)
  • Post-Reading Ideas and Activities (numerous standards addressed)
  • Alternative Assessment (numerous standards addressed)
  • Essay and Writing Ideas
  • Two Project Rubrics
  • Response to Literature Rubric
  • Sample Agenda, including special notes for teaching
  • Complete Answer Key

Tracey L (TpT Seller) said: Super intensive! I adored what amount was there! The children got much more of the book as a result of it.


Please Note: Common Core State Standards have not been individually notated within this Guide. Activities and lessons for this Guide are aligned with the CCSS, however, Comprehension Check Questions, quizzes, and tests may not expansively address the full rigor of the Common Core.

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Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


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