Maniac Magee: A 5th Grade Literature Guide

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 what they read and learn how to find answers to different types of comprehension questions, creating a portfolio of their work as they go.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider teaching this unit as a series of learning centers, with students rotating between a teacher-led lesson and other independent and small group/partner activities
  • Use the comprehension questions and vocabulary for each group of chapters to create a packet that students can complete as they move through the unit
Classroom Considerations

  • This unit requires a class set of the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Pros

  • The unit breaks the book into two and three chapter sections, providing critical thinking questions and vocabulary words for each
  • Offers optional activities that complement a reading of the story
  • Allows readers to choose from five different final project options
  • Includes writing prompts for students to respond to in their reading journals
  • Provides suggestions for differentiating the lessons and activities to meet the needs of all learners
Cons

  • None