Daily Lessons for Teaching Maniac Magee

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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)


Chapter 1 | Chapter 2

Chapter 1 and 2 introduces the main character as a boy with a normal beginning until he is three years old when his parents are killed in a car crash. Then some strange events happen with his aunt and uncle and he ends up running away. From there, the boy's life becomes a myth; because of this, the novel involves magical realism. The objective of this lesson is to explore the element of the magical realism genre in Maniac Magee.


1. Group Discussion - Magical realism is a genre whose work contains magical events or illogical scenarios in an otherwise realistic situation. What are the realistic events that take place? What are the non-realistic events that take place? The text states that Jeffrey was born into a normal household; does this make the novel's genre realistic? What about the strangeness of the relationship between the aunt...

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