Maniac Magee Resource Set

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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.

Teach with Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

  • 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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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Instructional Overview: 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
  • Vocabulary: L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
  • Instructional Overview: 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
  • Vocabulary: 6.2A 6.2B 6.2C 6.6F 6.6H
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    Maniac Magee Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for figurative language, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Maniac Magee Book Club.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    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

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Figurative Language

    During this first Maniac Magee Book Club meeting, students will complete an activity that illustrates the difference between literal and figurative meanings of common phrases. This sets the stage for exploring author Jerry Spinelli's use of figurative language throughout the Book Club.

    Meeting #2: Identifying and Understanding Similes, Metaphors, and Hyperbole

    Dive into three common types of figurative language; similes, metaphors, and hyperbole. Using the wide array of examples from Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli and targeted discussion questions, students will practice identifying and understanding figurative language. A graphic organizer is also introduced to help students organize their thinking while reading independently.

    Meeting #3: Identifying and Understanding Personification and Idioms

    This third Maniac Magee Book Club meeting focuses student attention on author Jerry Spinelli's use of personification and idioms. Discussion includes not only how to identify and understand these examples of figurative language, but also the impact they have on the reader.

    Meeting #4: Understanding Tone and Connotation

    One of the reasons that Jerry Spinelli's use of figurative language in Maniac Magee is so powerful is because of the variety of emotions the words cause the reader to feel. Discussion for this meeting explores the concepts of word connotation and tone. A hands-on activity encourages students to manipulate tone by changing several words in a sentence.

    Meeting #5: Exploring Symbolism as Figurative Language

    The last type of figurative language that readers will explore using Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee is symbolism. Maniac's running, his fixation on an address to call his own, and Hector Street are all strong symbols that are woven throughout the story.

    Meeting #6: Reflecting on the Impact of Figurative Language

    As students reflect on their exploration of figurative language using Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, they will have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about the book, showcase their learning by completing a culminating activity, and be challenged to strengthen their future writing using figurative language.

    Maniac Magee Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with figurative language.

    Maniac Magee Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Maniac Magee and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Maniac Magee Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Maniac Magee. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Maniac Magee Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Maniac Magee, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Maniac Magee Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    6.2A 6.2B 6.2C 6.6F 6.6H

    Maniac Magee Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Maniac Magee Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Maniac Magee Book Club Resource Set.

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