Maniac Magee Reading Guide
Before the Story • What images stand out in your mind from the author’s description? • Predict what this novel will be about?
Chapter 1 • What happened to Maniac Magee’s parents and when/where did it happen? • Who is Maniac Magee? • Who are Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan? • Paraphrase the stage scene and tell why you think Jeffrey did this action.
Chapter 2 • In chapter 2 we learn more about the main character, Jeffrey – Maniac Magee. Cite three background facts/character traits and the text evidence to support each
Chapter 3 • Who is Amanda Beale? Describe her from what is given in the text of Chapter 3. • What does Maniac want from Amanda? • Why would he want such a thing? • What is Amanda’s reaction to Maniac’s request?
Chapter 4 • Who are Brian Denehy and James “Hands” Down? • What did Maniac do in Chapter 4?
Summary • Write a summary (3-5 sentences) for Chapter 1-4. • In these chapters, what has the story been about? • When finished, exchange papers with a table partner for feedback on content and correction of any sentence fragments/run-ons
Chapter 5 • Define ‘finsterwallies’. Is this a real word? From where is this word derived? • Why might Finsterwald’s place be so frightening? • Sequence the events of this chapter.
Chapter 5 continued • There are many comparisons made in this chapter. A comparison using ‘like’ or ‘as’ is called a simile. A comparison whereby the author implies one thing is another is called a metaphor. • Find 4 similes and 1 metaphor. • Describe the author’s writing style thus far.
Chapter 6 • List some interesting vocabulary in this chapter: • Describe the Pickwell family • Paraphrase what happened in Chapter 6 • What is the ending mood of Chapter 6?
Chapter 7 • Who is John McNab? • anxious – using context clues, what might this word mean? • Describe the character relationship between John McNab and Magee. • What text evidence leads us to believe that Magee felt excited about hitting McNab’s pitch?
Chapter 8 • Characterize Jeffrey Magee • How did Jeffrey Magee possibly acquire the nickname “Maniac?” • What is the tone of the story at the end of Chapter 8? Cite text evidence.