As we read Maniac Magee, we will use this blog to discuss different topics with our classmates. Use your creativity and have fun responding to these questions! Remember to write your comment in a word document first. Use academic writing and show respect to fellow bloggers. :) Happy reading, maniacs!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Best Buds

You've been introduced to many characters in the novel so far. Choose one character you think you'd be close friends with. Describe characteristics that you like about that person and why you think you would make good buddies. What activities would you guys do together?

What Do You Want to Be?

Grayson told Maniac he always wanted to be a baseball player. What dreams do you have for when you are grown up? Describe them and why you envision this as the perfect fit for you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If you were a friend of Maniac's, what would you advise him to do about living in the East End with the Beales? Would you encourage him to stay? Would you agree that he should leave? Write what advice you would give Maniac Magee and back up your thoughts with reasons.

Your Own Legend

Maniac Magee tackles Cobble's Knot. Many thought it was an impossible feat, but with patience and determination, he did it. What was the toughest challenge or obstacle you had to overcome? What made you able to succeed even when it seemed impossible? Use as much detail to describe YOUR amazing feat.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tag Along

Both Maniac and Amanda love having books at their side. Imagine you were traveling and could only bring one book to keep you entertained. What book would you bring? Explain why you would choose this book. Could you do many things with the one book in your hand like Maniac?

What's in a Name?

Many characters in the novel have nicknames. "Maniac", "Mars Bar", and "Hands Down" are all examples. Do you have a nickname? What is it? How did you earn it? If you don't have a nickname, choose one for yourself and explain why you think it fits you.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where To?

Maniac Magee runs away from home and wanders into Two Mills, Pennsylvania. If you traveled alone like Maniac, where would you choose to go? What would you do once you got there? Describe your journey using lots of details.