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Maniac Magee

By Jerry Spinelli (7)

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Jerry Spinelli’s Newbery Medal award-winning children’s classic, Maniac Magee, is an adept exploration of racial tensions and the childhood difficulties of fitting in. Jeffrey Magee is an orphan, bent on running everywhere and anywhere, which becomes his noted attribute. Having left the troubled residence of his aunt and uncle a year previously, Jeffrey runs into Two Mills, a Pennsylvania community with a distinct racial dichotomy of white and black. When Jeffrey first enters the East End, residence of the blacks, the presence of a young white boy, who has unwittingly crossed the unseen line between the two sides of town, stirs up both interest and antagonism. His every move noticed and catalogued, Jeffrey continues to be a source of tension on both sides of town, as he later hits every pitch from Giant John McNab, the renowned Little League pitcher, earning Jeffrey his “Maniac” moniker. Later, having been taken in by avid reader Amanda Beale’s family, Maniac hopes to have finally found a home, but racial tensions rear their head, and the Beale family becomes a vandalism target for housing a white boy in a black neighborhood. Maniac, still on a search for a home, must navigate the racial division that marks Two Mills, and may just discover, by not “fitting in”, he can be the one to begin the healing process between the divided sectors. Spinelli’s novel is a tour-de-force, addressing racial prejudices with a pointed sensitivity, and his humorous, kind-hearted protagonist grounds Maniac Magee as a must-read novel for students ages 11 and up.

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    Novel Study: Maniac Magee (eBook)

    Teacher Tested Educational Publications
    60 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Novel Study: Maniac Magee (eBook)

    This Novel Study supports the superb novel, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. All Teacher-Tested Novel Studies follow a similar format. Teachers can provide each student with a different novel but use similar assignments that include comprehension questions and visual interpretations, assignments in plot and conflict, character webs, timeline, vocabulary crosswords, and formats to respond to letter and essay writing assignments.

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    Maniac Magee: Literature Resource Guide

    Milliken Publishing
    40 Pages, Grades 3 - 8
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    Maniac Magee: Literature Resource Guide

    Explore literature with your students!Milliken Publishing's Exploring Literature series contains a wide selection of comprehensive literature resource guides. Students will learn the elements of fiction, engage in class discussions, and be introduced to old and new literature classics. Exploring Literature guides aim to build and develop comprehension, application, evaluation, and synthesis skills in all students, no matter their reading level. Included in the majority of Exploring Literature guides are the following: discussion questions, vocabulary worksheets, writing assignments, classroom-tested activities, background information, and more. This literature guide is reproducible and available for immediate download.

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    Literature Guide: Manic Magee (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    On The Mark Press
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: Manic Magee (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Maniac Magee (Focus on Reading Study Guide) (eBook)

    Saddleback Educational Publishing
    48 Pages, Grades 5 - 12
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    Maniac Magee (Focus on Reading Study Guide) (eBook)

    Saddleback's Focus on Reading series is your go-to resource for teaching literature to struggling readers. Containing chapter-by-chapter reproducible worksheets that check and deepen students' understanding, this eBook will help students of all reading levels actively engage with your classroom text. Skills developed and practiced include reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the identification of literary elements.

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    Teacher Created Resources
    48 Pages, Grades 5 - 8
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    Maniac Magee: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (eBook)

    This eBook is filled to the brim with fun classroom activities, games, worksheets, and unit tests, making it an indispensible tool to teach well-known literature. Students will be engaged while developing important skills, such as a familiarity with vocabulary, sequencing, characterization, and more. Reproducible pre- and post-reading cross-curricular lessons involve ideas that are optimal for core literature and individualized reading.This eBook literature guide is an entry in the Teacher Created Resources Challenging Lit Guides series, comprised of the following best-selling titles: The Outsiders; The Pearl; The Indian in the Cupboard; The Phantom Tollbooth; Hatchet; The Incredible Journey; The Giver; Shiloh; A Single Shard; Walk Two Moons, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Study Guide: Maniac Magee (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    30 Pages, Grades 5 - 8
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    Study Guide: Maniac Magee (eBook)

    Expressly created for middle school students, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will aid students by training them for more complex reading in the future. Chapter-by-chapter pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets allow students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices, instilling a greater understanding and appreciation for literature. A novel synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a notable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 6, comprised of the following additional titles: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Old Yeller; The Westing Game; The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Jacob Have I Loved; The Secret Garden; Gentlehands; Nothing But the Truth; Freak, the Mighty; The Giver; Wringer; Holes; Hatchet; Number the Stars; The Egypt Game; The Devil's Arithmetic; Maniac Magee; Brian's Winter; The House of Dies Drear; Hoot; Walk Two Moons; The View from Saturday; The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963; Out of the Dust; Parrot in the Oven; Jason's Gold; Chasing Vermeer; The City of Ember; When My Name Was Keoko; Flush; The Graveyard Book; Small Steps; The Mysterious Benedict Society; When You Reach Me; The Hunger Games; Moon Over Manifest; Scat. All aforementioned Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Maniac Magee: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    Novel Units
    8 Pages, Grades 5 - 6
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    Maniac Magee: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    This Standards Based End-of-Book Test will engage students and reinforce their competency in analyzing text and critical thinking. Exam creation is nearly instantaneous - simply download, print, and test! Students will be benefitted by the integration of state test preparation with quality literature. In addition to saving time, energy and sanity, a teacher guide with answer key is provided, ensuring a straightforward teaching experience free of hassle. Educators will be thrilled by this reputable and inexpensive series from Novel Units!This End-of-Book Test eBook is an entry in the Novel Units series for Grades 5-6, comprised of some of the following titles: The City of Ember; The Devil's Arithmetic; Poppy; A Family Apart; The Lightning Thief; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Crash, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button located to the left. Please note that the Terms of Use Agreement for Single-Use Classroom license allows a maximum of 30 copies of this student test per purchase download. The included Teacher Guide is non-reproducible.