Maniac Magee Novel Study Unit | Distance Learning | Google Classroom

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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


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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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.


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