Maniac Magee (Novel Study Guide)

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  • eBook Order #: CCP2527
  • Print Book Order #: CC2527
  • Both eBook & Print Book Order #: CC+P2527
  • ISBN13: 978-1-77167-242-9
  • Grades: 5, 6
  • Reading Level: 5-6
  • Total Pages: 55
  • Author: Eleanor Summers
  • Inspire your students with this brave story about racism and homelessness.

    The helpful journal topics offer extended writing activities and discussion prompts. Students come up with possible story ideas that could relate to the title, "maniac". Illustrate the scene between McNab and Maniac. Match quotes to the characters who said them. Students confront the idea of discrimination by identifying some of the ways people discriminate against other people. Find proof from the story to support the different qualities inhabited by Maniac and Grayson. Give meaning to expressions from the story. Identify each expression as a simile or metaphor. Identify a major and minor problem that Maniac faces in the story and explain each in a paragraph. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.

    About the Novel:
    Maniac Magee is a Newbery Medal winning-story about a young homeless boy running through town and the different people he meets along the way. Orphaned at the age of three, Jeffrey Magee runs away from his Aunt and Uncle eight years later. He finds himself in Two Mills, Pennsylvania, where he realizes the town is split in half; the East End and the West End. Running his way through the town, Magee learns of the hatred and racism that separates the two sides. Along the way, he meets a wide range of interesting characters, and even develops a legend for himself, earning him the nickname "Maniac". He endures hardships while moving from place to place, eventually finding a home in a buffalo pen at the zoo.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Clem's Classroom

    My students were really engaged with this work! My English Language Development class read Maniac Magee together and I paired this with each section- it helped me keep the class paced and structured well in the last month or two of school!

    Berentha Crowder

    Great critical thinking skills chart and easy chapter breakdowns.


    Such a huge time saver for me. Thank you

    L. Boxley

    This is such a great book! This resource is defiantly one of the best supporting resources I have found for this book!

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