Lesson plans for Maniac Magee, Stargirl, and more
Maniac Magee E-Notes Lesson Plan
A variety of post-reading activities.
Discussion questions and extension activities.
Vocabulary, comprehension questions, and activities, divided by chapters. Scroll down for related sites.
"Knot" the Whole Truth
The writer will analyze and discuss the tall tale format after reading Jerry Spinelli’s tale of Cobble’s Knot, told in Chapter 20 of Maniac Magee. Then writers will need to create an interesting character in a special situation which would allow them to stretch the truth in an imaginative tale. This lesson focuses on voice and word choice.
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Designed for grades 7 and 8, this site offers a summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments, and suggestions for additional reading.
Summary, discussion topics, and suggestions for activities.
Three activities to support the novel.
Summary, vocabulary, writing ideas, and postreading activities.
A Moment Like
After discussing memories and memoir writing by discussing chapter one of Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, students will plan their own memoirs based on a specific memory from their past or current life. Word choice and details will be brainstormed before students begin drafting. This lesson focuses on word choice and idea development.
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, a directed reading/thinking activity, and a Cloze passage. Adobe Reader needed for access to activities, printable handouts.
Activity Ideas for Stargirl
Writing prompts and activities.
Eleven discussion questions.
What's in a Name?
After enjoying a light-hearted look at and discussion from a Dr. Seuss book, students will explore Jerry Spinelli's unique title character, Stargirl. An interactive word game will give student writers ideas for interesting character names and interesting character "elements." Then, inspired by Spinelli's excellent details and unique ideas, students will create an organized, one-page character sketch for the character they think up. This lesson focuses on idea development and organization.
Counting Up/Down Stories
The writer will brainstorm situations where individuals or people in a group count up or count down out loud together. Using the ending of chapter 5 of Wringer as a model, the writer will then plan a story where someone (or a group of someones) counts out loud. In between the counted numbers, the writer will slow down the action and describe in detail what else is going on in the scene. This lesson focuses on organization and idea development.
Summary and discussion questions.