Maniac magee is a heartwarming book first published 25 years ago. Magee project book in a bottle maniac magee by jerry spinelli novel. This book report should be done after completing reading maniac magee. He came into this world named jeffrey lionel magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. It specifically takes place in west end, east end, and.
Parents need to know that jerry spinellis maniac magee is an exciting, moving, and sometimes funny story, brilliantly told, about an orphan boy who runs away from his feuding aunt and uncle at age 8 and makes a name and legend for himself in a racially divided town. The first half of maniac magee made me wonder why the books been popular for a quarter century. Cereal box book report over the next three weeks, you will read a selfselected book and create a cereal box book report. When he runs away from home, he doesnt just pack a suitcase and go sit at the local bus station waiting for his aunt dot to miss him and come get him. Amanda says she was just about ready to let him read her encyclopedia a but since hes leaving, he cannot. You will demonstrate how readers keep track of characters while reading by working with your. Write me a short paragraph about a major event that happened. In the book maniac magee, jerry spinelli, the author helps us to understand many important life lessons that mostly deal with racism and the importance of friends and family. Maniac is fascinated with amandas book and keeps it to reread. He becomes a local legend for feats of athleticism and helpfulness, and his ignorance of sharp racial boundaries in the town. Maniac says he will just get a library card and amanda says he cant. In maniac magee, what was the first book grayson read cover.
Well explore the major events and problems in the book, and discuss its conclusion. They say maniac magee was born in a dump they say his stomach was a cereal box. Jexceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. They also said that he had 8 inch cockroach on a leash and that rats stood guard over him while he slept. Maniac magee unit of studydistribution of standards. Our online maniac magee trivia quizzes can be adapted to suit your requirements for taking some of the top maniac magee quizzes. The writing is excellent throughout, but initially i wasnt interested in maniac or the other characters. Book reports are important for improving a childs writing skills and reading comprehension, and they also get the child familiar with the concept of a deadline.
Jeffrey lionel maniac magee is an orphan searching for a loving home when he finds himself in a small, segregated town in pennsylvania. With kyla pratt from one on one, michael angarano from sky high and the forbidden kingdom. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Before the story they say maniac magee was born in a dump. There were fiction books and nonfiction books, who didit books and. Maniac magee book summary maniac magee is about jeffrey lionel magees search for home and the racial prejudice in the town of two mills.
Reading practice, literacy skills, vocabulary practice. See more ideas about book report templates, book report projects and book projects. Use this rubric to help guide you with this project. The 2003 nickelodeon movie based off of jerry spinellis book. Cereal box book report the book report for the months of november and december will be 2 parts. The first will be a cereal box project and the second part will be a class presentation in the form of a commercial for their cereal.
Maniac magee is a book that stuck with me long after i read it in fifth grade for the first time. They said his stomach was a cereal box and his heart a sofa spring. We will be creating a cereal box to represent the book, maniac magee. Maniac magee by jerry spinelli is a young adult novel published in 1990. This lesson will give a summary of the popular book maniac magee, a novel written by jerry spinelli. Maniac magee is the story of jeffery lionel magee, a homeless drifter who finds his way to the racially divided community of two mills, pennsylvania.
Aug 02, 2005 yoko kawashima watkins was the main character from so far from the bamboo grove. This will count for a reading grade and a library grade as well. Maniac is very impressed when he sees all of the books. For those of you who havent already had the pleasure, let us introduce you to this wonderful book. Students will read a justright realistic fiction chapter book of their own choosing. These can be used during reading and after reading the bookl. Book jacket project description page grading rubric halfpage design to save paper example photos of a completed book jacket different novel as example this maniac magee activity is an equal mix of writing and creativity that students love. Jerry spinelli is the author of over fifteen immensely popular books for young readers, including eggs, stargirl, space station seventh grade, newbery honor winner wringer, and maniac magee, winner of more than fifteen state childrens book awards in addition to the newbery medal. Jeffrey gets the nickname maniac after performing athletic feats of mythic proportions and appearing fearless in the face of bullies and other terrifying situations. He was a twelve year old, white orphan who runs into a racist town. Jerry spinelli, the author of this newbery medal winner, is also the author of other childrens classics like wringer, stargirl, and milkweed. At the age of three, jeffrey magee loses both of his parents in a tragic accident. The story reminded me of paul bunyan and other legendary folks who had mindboggling abilities.
The novel received critical acclaim upon release and in 1991 won the prestigious newbery medal. Each creative project has a description of what needs to be included. Major themes cliffsnotes study guides book summaries. The student will represent the book by creating their own cereal. The book came flapping like a wounded duck and fell at jeffreys feet. You will then decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information related to the book you read using the directions below. It won the 1991 newbery medal and remains a vital, relevant classic. Its about prejudice and love and home and baseball and fear and understanding. The legend of maniac magee theme two mills is divided in two, until maniac, who is white finds a home with a black family. Spinelli has written the novel in third person he said, as opposed to i said, which is called first person, using an objective viewpoint in which the thoughts and feelings of the characters are not. Can be used in small or large groups, as independent seat work, as journal promopts or at centers. In maniac magee, what was the first book grayson read.
They say he kept an eightinch cockroach on a leash and that rats st. We are told that the latter made an almost superhuman. Here is a maniac magee reading end of novel project choices with rubric. Like a box of cereal, maniac s stomach could hold a lot of food and his heart is soft, like that of a sofa spring. Yes a real cereal box students will have to come up with a type of cereal and name it based on. For realhow many of your friends have kissed a bull or even a buffalo. Maniac magee plot chart organizer by spinelli while reading the novel maniac magee, this graphic organizer will help students analyze the 6 parts of the plot exposition setting, characters, and background info conflict rising action 3 events or details climax falling action 2 events or details resolution novel maniac magee by jerry spinelli level 510 common core ccss. This is a two page document that includes end of the story reading enrichment projects designed for the book maniac magee by jerry spinelli. Exploring themes of racism and inequality, it follows the story of an orphan boy looking for a home in the fictional town of two mills. It stuck with me more than in just a lifelong love of butterscotch krumpets, but also in the sweetness of the main character and the good that he finds in well, everyone. In maniac magee, jerry spinelli writes a young adult novel in which the main character. After reading the book, students will share main information from the book using a cereal box.
Jerry spinellis use of figurative language in maniac magee make this book a. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of maniac magee by jerry spinelli. Jeffrey lionel magee is living a normal life until his parents are killed in a tragic trolley accident when hes three. They say that he kept an eightinch cockroach on a leash and that rats stood guard over him while he slept. Maniac magee is the story of jeffery lionel magee, a homeless drifter who finds his way. Aug 08, 2016 the first half of maniac magee made me wonder why the book s been popular for a quarter century.
Maniac magee jerry spinelli winner of the newbery medal before the story they say maniac magee was born in a dump they say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart a sofa spring. Cereal box book report packet home sankofa freedom. He presents maniac as a legendary figure, and leaves it to the reader to decide what is true and what is myth. Feeling his race is making trouble for the generous beale family, maniac shuttles back and forth between the east and west end, searching for family and a.
She was an eleven year old japanese girl who struggles with life in 1945 the last year of world war ii. Like a box of cereal, maniacs stomach could hold a lot of food and his heart is soft, like that of a sofa spring. They have a conflict when maniac magee wants to move out of the beales house and back into the deer pen. Jerry also shows us that maniac is patient, determined, and he really wants to be loved and understood. Maniac magee task cards activities include thought provoking open ended and opinion questions,literal and inferential questions, art activities, themes, cartoons, bullying, comparisons, and much more. Although the book is a bit difficult to get into, the persistent reader will be well rewarded.
The cereal box book report is a nontraditional book report. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Exposing his readers to the issues of homelessness, racial prejudice and discrimination, and the importance of literacy, spinelli attempts to instill hope and enthusiasm for a society of more tolerant and. They say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart a sofa spring. The story of jeffrey lionel magee, aka maniac, has become a school standard since its publication in 1990. Yes a real cereal box students will have to come up with a type of.
Maniac magee book summary maniac magee is about jeffrey lionel magee s search for home and the racial prejudice in the town of two mills. A comprehensive database of more than 20 maniac magee quizzes online, test your knowledge with maniac magee quiz questions. Maniac even teaches grayson to read and when grayson reads his first book cover to cover, the accomplishment is worthy of a celebration. Maniac magee by jerry spinelli is a novel that introduces the human rights violation of racism to children in elementary schools published in the 1990s, spinelli decided to focus on an issue that was not widely discussed within the school systems and chose to inform fifth graders about segregation and the effect this can have on a persons moral character. My students typically complete their book jacket in. Maniac magee is a novel written by american author jerry spinelli and published in 1990. This book takes place in the late 1900s in pennsylvania. The first book that grayson read cover to cover was the little engine that could accordingly, maniac magee didnt help grayson at all. Jeffery lionel magee, or maniac as some would call him, was the main character from maniac magee. Students will read a fiction or non fiction and create a book report using a cereal box. The details for both are attached and the final product will be due.6 287 1347 245 549 1243 572 1400 53 1273 1062 1498 887 903 681 895 1233 291 873 1357 1093 923 40 736 1443 1457 1125 825 124 1288 313 600 1252 1278 1389 824 638 1253 948