Are you looking for something different for your novel study of the Newberry Award Winner "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli? This 53 page, eight lesson bundle begins with a nonfiction to fiction connection on homelessness and ends with writing about theme using a rubric. You'll find detailed lessons on developing reading and writing skills as outlined in the Common Core. It includes strategies for close reading (figurative language, vocabulary, making connections to develop bigger ideas, plot elements, theme) and complete reading response skills (main idea, use of text evidence, explaining evidence, developing ideas). There is much to chose from in each lesson. The lessons are clearly written so that they could be given to a substitute teacher.