Realistic (fiction), Trade Book , Lexile: 820
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee is an orphan searching for a loving home when he finds himself in a small, segregated town in Pennsylvania. Jeffrey gets the nickname "Maniac" after performing athletic feats of mythic proportions and appearing fearless in the face of bullies and other terrifying situations. Through his brave actions and cheerful friendliness, Jeffrey helps to integrate Two Mills and finds lasting happiness with a loving family.
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By Jerry Spinelli
Teach the Objectives
Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand text
Determine authorís purpose in different parts of a text
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and understand proper nouns
Identify and understand three types of figurative language: simile, hyperbole, and personification
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class