Today you will start your own Maniac Magee journal. In your journal you will be asked to answer questions, draw pictures, click on links and keep an accurate account of your adventures with Maniac Magee. In this webquest, be sure to click on the appropriate links and images to keep accurate notes. Now take your book and before you read, think about the book title, look at the book cover, and read the back summary. Then, in your journal, WRITE DOWN and DRAW three predictions that you have to show what you think could happen.
After learning about Jeffrey Magee, complete the character web to share at least five important details that you know about him. As you learn more throughout the book, you may come back and add to the web. Draw his portrait in the center circle.
Jeffrey's Year Long Journey:
Clink on the following links to look at some of the places Jeffrey saw on his adventure. For Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Bridgeport, and Two Mills, write down two facts you found in the links you visited. For the link on the Schuylkill River, do your best to make a drawing similar to the one you saw in the link. Include these facts and drawings in your Maniac Magee journal. Be sure to answer any comprehension questions and complete any activities along the way.
Answer the following questions below in complete sentences:
1) Why did Jeffrey stop to talk to Amanda?
2) What was in Amanda's suitcase?
3) What does Amanda finally give him?
AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD: SPORTS BREAKING NEWS
WHO was on the football field?
WHAT did he do?
WHEN did this happen?
WHERE did this take place?
WHY is this threatening?
After reading the description about Finsterwald's backyard, draw a picture to show what you visualize. Remember, readers visualize when they picture part of a story in their heads, as if they're making a movie in their mind.
On page 18, the author writes about Arnold going into Finsterwald's backyard and says, "He's paralyzed, a mouse in front of the yawning maw of a python."
Based on the context, what does the word maw mean?
What does this sentence mean?
Click on the image of Finsterwald's Front Steps and answer the questions.
After reading Chapter 7, create baseball cards to tell about McNab and Jeffrey. Do a Google search to see what your card may look like.
Draw and color a picture of Jeffrey in the part of town that he runs in to escape the Cobras.
For the last line in Chapter 9, the author writes, "The Cobras were laughing because they figured the dumb, scraggly, runt would get out of the East End in about as good shape as a bare big toe in a convention of of snapping turtles." In your own words, what does this mean? Also, draw what you visualize the toe and snapping turtles to look like.
After learning about Mars Bars, complete a character web similar to the one you created for Maniac Magee.
On page 40, the author writes, "Amanda took the torn page from Maniac. To her, it was the broken wing of a bird, a pet out in the rain." What can you conclude about Amanda's fondness for books?
Draw and color a family portrait of the Beale's. You should include all children, adults, and pets in the family. Label each person.
Why do the numbers "738" make Jeffery smile?
Now that Jeffrey has an address, create a housewarming gift for him. Consider what you know about him, and think about what HE (not you) would like. Draw a picture of the gift (s). Then write why you chose these gifts.
Use the T-Chart image provided to show what life was like in the Beale household before Jeffrey came and after Jeffrey came. Then, answer the reflection question.
Click on the compare and contrast (Venn Diagram) file to compare Jeffrey's behavior inside the Beale house to his behavior outside. Then, answer the reflection question that follows.
Answer the following comprehension questions in complete sentences:
1) What happens when Jeffrey brings "trash talk" home?
2) Why does Jeffrey like "trash talk?"
3) What does the man mean when he says that Jeffrey has "his own kind" and that's the way he wanted it? Do you agree? Explain why.
4) Why do you think that Mars Bar calls Jeffrey by the name of "Fishbelly?
5) If a person different from all others in your town moved in, like Jeffrey does in the East Side, how would you react toward him or her? Why?
When readers come to a word with an unknown meaning, they use context clues, which are the words and sentences around the unknown word that hint to its meaning. Use the context clues below to define the word "wiseacre" from page 65.
Sentence: He was acting so different, all glum, and wiseacre answers. As if he didn't care, not about anything.
Write the definition for wiseacre:
Tell what the Cobble's Knot is, and then draw a picture to show you visualize it to look.
Answer the comprehension questions below in complete sentences.
1) What did Jeffrey need to possess in order to untie Cobble's Knot?
2) How long did it take for him to accomplish this feat?
3) Why didn't Amanda celebrate with everyone after the know was undone?
4) Where do you think Jeffrey belongs?
Clink on the Cobble's Knot challenge link provided and start preparing for our classroom challenge.
When readers come to a word with an unknown meaning, they use context clues which are the words and sentences around the unknown word that hint to its meaning. Use the context clues below to define the word "zep" from page 81.
Write the definition for zep:
Answer the comprehension questions below in complete sentences:
1) How did Grayson take care of Jeffrey when he arrived back at the zoo?
2) Why doesn't Jeffrey want to go back to school?
After learning about Grayson, complete the character web to share at least five important details that you know about him. As you learn more throughout the book, you may come back and add to the web. Draw his portrait in the center circle.
Grayson shows that when it comes to learning about people, there is more than meets the eye. Everyone has a story to tell. In your journal, retell one of the stories that Grayson shares with Jeffrey.
CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT:
Now, think about a special story that you have from your own life. In your journal, write about your story.
Answer the comprehension questions in complete sentences:
1) What does Jeffrey teach Grayson how to do?
2) What does this show about the human's ability to learn something new?
3) How does Grayson feel while falling asleep on the sleeping mat in the baseball room? How do you know?
4) What is Jeffrey thankful for?
5) What does he do with the paint that he asks Grayson for?
6) How do you think Jeffrey's experiences in the past affected his holiday spirit?
Create a thank-you card from Jeffrey to Grayson. Fold the paper in half and create a cover, as well as a message inside.
Click on the link to create a tribute for Grayson.
Answer the following comprehension questions.
1) Who does Jeffrey meet hiding in the other cabin?
2) How do you think Jeffrey feels when he is confronted by McNab?
On the top of page 125, the author writes, "January slipped an icy finger under his collar and down his back." In your own words, what does this mean? Also, draw what you visualize this scene to look like.
Read and respond to the questions below about McNab.
1) How do Piper and Russell change due to Jeffrey?
2) How does McNab's home life affect his character and decisions?
3) Why does Jeffrey say, "It makes you wonder who the orphan is anyway"?
4) What do you think happened when Finsterwald opened the door? Why do you think so?
CHAPTERS 37-38: SPORTS BREAKING NEWS:
WHO was being challenged?
WHAT did they do?
WHEN did this happen?
WHERE did this take place?
WHY is this interesting?
Answer the following comprehension questions below in complete sentences.
1) How are the McNab family's thoughts towards people in the East End incorrect?
2) How do you suppose the invisible line between the East and West Ends was created?
3) Who does Jeffrey bring to Piper and Russell's birthday party?
4) Why did Jeffrey decide to bring Mars Bars to the party? Do you think this was a good choice?
5) Besides the McNab's, where else does Jeffrey take Mars Bar? Why?
6) How is Mars Bar different at the McNab's than he is in the East End?
7) Do you think it is fair to judge someone, or make decisions about him/her, without ever meeting him/her? Explain why.
Draw a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the East End and West End. Use details from the book to assist you.
FINAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1) How might the problems between the East and West be resolved?
2) How did Jeffrey take the time to get to know people like Amanda, Grayson, and Mars Bar before making assumptions about them?
3) How was Jeffrey different from other characters in the book? How did other characters sometimes misjudge him?
4) What does it mean to be a family?