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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?

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maniac magee

Maniac Magee

Reading Guide

before the story
Before the Story
  • What images stand out in your mind from the author’s description?
  • Predict what this novel will be about?
chapter 1
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
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
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
Chapter 4
  • Who are Brian Denehy and James “Hands” Down?
  • What did Maniac do in Chapter 4?
summary
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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