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This Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee includes fully-reproducible student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and much more, aligned with the Common Core State Standards and NCTE/IRA National ELA Standards for grades 6-8. (173 pages)

This Maniac Magee Literature Guide includes

  • Elements of Fiction activity, including Comprehension Check questions
  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities
  • Author Biography: Jerry Spinelli, including Comprehension Check questions
  • Anticipation/Reaction Pre-Reading Activity
  • Historical Context: Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement, with Comprehension Check questions
  • Complete list of Allusions and Terminology, defined
  • Vocabulary Lists with and without definitions
  • Active Reading Guide for Note-Taking and Summarizing
  • Comprehension Check/Study Guide Questions for each set of chapters
  • Literature Focus activities including
    • Figurative Language
    • Setting
    • Descriptive Language
    • Conflict
    • Imagery
    • Elements of Style
    • Theme
    • Character Development
    • Elements of Plot
  • Language Focus activities including
    • Hyphen, Colon, and Semi-Colon
    • Vocabulary in Context
    • Identifying Parts of Speech
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Verb Tense and Agreement
    • Word Origins - Etymology
    • Sentence Structure
    • Capitalization, Spelling, and Grammar
    • Vocabulary Extension
  • Special Social Issues/Informative Text activities on
    • Bullying
    • Prejudice and Racism
    • Illiteracy
    • Homelessness
  • Reading Quizzes for each set of chapters
  • Vocabulary Quizzes for each set of chapters
  • Part I, Part II, Part III Tests
  • Two Final Tests: one Mixed Formats including Constructed Response, one all Multiple Choice
  • List of Post-Reading Ideas and Activities and Alternative Assessment
  • Essay Prompts and Writing Ideas
  • Teacher's Guide
    • Summary of the Novel by chapter
    • Notes for the Teacher about this guide
    • Two Project Rubrics
    • Response to Literature Rubric
    • Sample Agenda
    • Complete Answer Key

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