Maniac Magee Novel Study Unit | Distance Learning | Google Classroom

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I used this with my 6th grade daughter when we homeschooled in 2020. It was a great time saver for me and kept her engaged while she read the book.
I use this novel study unit with my 6th grade ELA students. It is a great resource to go along with the novel, "Maniac Magee." Thank you!
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This Maniac Magee NO PREP-PRINT and GO Novel Unit OR DIGITAL with ANSWER a must have for your middle grades to middle school classroom.

This 40-page DIGITAL and PRINTABLE Maniac Magee Novel Unit contains the following:

  • a pacing guide
  • Google Slides link for DIGITAL USE
  • 19-pages of reader response questions with answer key
  • 5-context clue word work pages to enhance vocabulary
  • 2-character analysis pages
  • a story map
  • an end of novel project
  • 2-reflection journals for post-reading reflection
  • Answer Key


**NEW digital option included for use with Google Classroom.**

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Your students will love this Newberry Medal Winner by Jerry Spinelli.

Maniac Magee Summary: Jeffrey Magee loses his parents in a tragic trolley accident. He is sent to live with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan. Life with them becomes unbearable, so Jeffrey takes off for the unknown where he encounters only those that he will turn into friends.

Maniac Magee will have your students laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, and cheering with gusto for what is to come! The perfect novel for reading groups, a whole class novel study, or independent reading.

Novel not included, but FYI:

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 5.4

Lexile Measure®: 820L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W


Realistic Fiction


Family Life


Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences


Negative Stereotypes


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Total Pages
40 pages
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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.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize 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.


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