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Spinelli's Maniac Magee (excerpt): Reading and Critical Thinking Practice
4th - 6th
A brief, dialogue-rich passage from Jerry Spinelli's novel Maniac Magee is accompanied by a well-written literacy assessment tool. Thematic content lends itself to age-appropriate discussions about race relations and social justice....
Maniac Magee: Magic Number Strategy
4th - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Take a break from reading to find the magic number with this vocabulary game using words drawn from Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. Participants match the definition to the word in each numbered square of the puzzle, then add the number...
Maniac Magee: A 5th Grade Literature Guide
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
There's no need to run around trying to plan a unit for the book Maniac Magee, the work has already been done for you. Through a series of whole class, small group, and independent lessons and activities, students practice synthesizing...
"Knot" the Whole Truth: Writing a Modern-Day Story with a Tall Tale's Voice
5th - 9th
Beyond Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, tall tales can be a great way to teach young writers about word choice and voice in their writing. Using Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee and the Six-Trait Writing process, they begin to write their own...
Lesson 5: Character and Relationship Changes
5th CCSS: Designed
In this reading comprehension lesson, 5th graders, after reading the novel, Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli analyze characters and their roles in other peoples lives. Students interact with plot conflicts and character relationships....