Maniac Magee: Double Entry Journals

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Examining perspective is a great way to focus on character development and how it affects the plot of a novel. While reading Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, kids fill out double entry journals to reflect how Maniac and Mars Bar differ when it comes to the concept of prejudice.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the strategy with any novel that includes characters with opposing opinions
  • Have kids turn the double entry journals into character analysis essays or into two-voice poems
  • Prompt learners to choose the character with whom they agree, and write a persuasive essay supporting that character's opinion
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not include a graphic organizer for the double entry journal
  • Description of lesson is lengthy and hard to follow
  • Assessment is vague; no rubric included

  • A good way to keep track of character development while reading the novel

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