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Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee is a lot of things; legend, myth, orphan, athlete, champion of underdogs, but mostly he is a boy looking for a place to call home.
In this award-winning novel, author Jerry Spinelli tells the story of how one boy’s quest for an address to call his own changes a segregated town forever. Spinelli’s rich use of figurative language draws the reader in and makes this a perfect choice for a Book Club focused on this literary device.
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- Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Figurative Language
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Maniac Magee Resource Set
Common Core Alignment:
L.6.6 RL.6.1 RL.6.10 RL.6.2 RL.6.3 RL.6.4 RL.6.5 RL.6.6 RL.6.7 RL.6.9 SL.6.1a SL.6.1b SL.6.1c SL.6.1d SL.6.2 SL.6.3 W.6.8 W.6.9
6.12A 6.12J 6.1A 6.1D 6.2B 6.5A 6.5C 6.5D 6.5E 6.5F 6.5G 6.5H 6.5I 6.6A 6.6B 6.6C 6.6E 6.6H 6.6I 6.7A 6.9A 6.9B 6.9D 6.9F
Book Club Management Resources
Meeting #1: Introduce Figurative Language
Meeting #2: Identifying and Understanding Similes, Metaphors, and Hyperbole
Meeting #3: Identifying and Understanding Personification and Idioms
Meeting #4: Understanding Tone and Connotation
Meeting #5: Exploring Symbolism as Figurative Language
Meeting #6: Reflecting on the Impact of Figurative Language
Maniac Magee Focus Assessment and Rubric
Maniac Magee Common Core Assessment
Maniac Magee Running Record
Student Resources in Spanish
Maniac Magee Vocabulary Connections
Common Core Alignment:
L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
6.2A 6.2B 6.2C 6.6F 6.6H
Maniac Magee Common Core Alignment
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