Maniac Magee - E-Guide

Progeny Press

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: Pennsylvania

Genre: Homelessness, Racism

Page Count: 56 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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Two Mills is a town divided by race. The white people live on the west side of Hector Street, and the black people live on the east side. But Maniac, who is white, doesn't recognize the barrier. He quickly befriends a black girl and soon finds himself invited to live with the Beales, a family on the East End. Maniac seems to have found a warm, loving home at last, but there are some on the East End who do not want a white boy living among them.
Because he fears what might happen to the Beales, Maniac runs away again. When Earl Grayson discovers Maniac living in the buffalo pen at the Elmwood Park Zoo, he takes him into his care. Grayson is a park worker, but Maniac quickly discovers that Grayson was once a pitcher in the minor leagues. As Grayson shares tales of his short-lived baseball career, he also reveals to Maniac that he cannot read. With patience and encouragement, Maniac begins to help the old man learn to read. It seems that Maniac has found a new home living in the equipment room at the park's band shell, but the unexpected death of the old man sends Maniac on the run and deep in despair.
A chance encounter with two young runaways brings Maniac back to the West End of Two Mills and the dysfunctional McNab home. There he sees the terrible effects of the racial barrier in Two Mills, and in his own small way, Maniac decides to make a difference. A modern tall tale about a homeless boy whose legendary feats bring together a town divided by distrust and misunderstanding!

Progeny Press Maniac Magee Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Explore the author's life and inspirations that shaped the creation of the novel, Maniac Magee.
Vocabulary: Master words used throughout the novel. Engage in diverse activities designed to not only comprehend but also retain and expand your vocabulary.
Literary Techniques: Uncover the artistry within the narrative by exploring various literary techniques. Navigate the realms of dictionaries, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, descriptive writing, synonyms, point of view, extended metaphors, conflicts, complications, resolutions, themes, and parallel narratives.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Reflect on the moral lessons and character values interwoven into the storyline. Contemplate the distinctions between facts and truth, the sanctity of marriage, the power of wholesome talk, how God views the human heart, the significance of prayer and thankfulness, navigating despair and finding peace, embracing love for neighbors, the universal equality in Christ, and issues of racism
Activities and Writing Assignments:  Map out the story's journey, explore folk tales, engage in class discussions on racism, express your thoughts through essay writing, and explore the theme of homelessness.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Extend your literary adventure with a curated reading list featuring more works by Jerry Spinelli and other books that complement, Maniac Magee.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Maureen M. on 31st Aug 2015


    My kids are enjoying

    My kids (7th and 8th graders) are really enjoying their first study guide. It's easy to use the computer to type in the answers and at the end of each section I use the answer key to review with them the answers they gave. Looking forward to our next book!

  • Posted by Selma K. on 18th Apr 2014


    Maniac Magee E-guide

    we are using the E-guide for homeschooling... I love the questions and the digging deeper using God's word.... I will be buying more sk

  • Posted by heidi s. on 17th Apr 2014


    Wonderful study resource!

    This was the first PP guide my 11 year old daughter ever used, and I can say without reservation that it was wonderful. The vocabulary section aided her comprehension of the story and the study questions and Bible references really deepened her experience with the novel. I especially appreciate the literary analysis portion, which, along with the vocabulary portion, is my main reason for initially purchasing from PP. I was looking for a resource which covered both these elements in the context of a novel rather than an anthology or a graded reader. PP truly delivered, and we have decided as a family to continue using PP. For what it's worth, the guide also does have digging deeper sections containing ideas for essays and research projects, but we did not use them. My daughter is an avid writer already, and I allowed her to cover the guide at her own pace. My only requirements were that she needed to do each vocabulary section BEFORE she read the corresponding chapters, she needed to complete the literary analysis section after she read, and then she needed to look over the comprehension questions to see if there was anything she couldn't answer.