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Activity Overview


In this activity students will identify the cause and effect of events in the text. At the beginning of the novel, Jeffrey is sent to live with his aunt and uncle who do not get along. He is so disturbed by this, that during a school play, he stands on the stage yelling, “TALK!” and then runs away.

Another cause and effect relationship begins when Mars Bar and his friends surround Maniac, ready to beat him up. Amanda Beale steps in, rescues him and takes him to her house. Shortly after his rescue, Maniac realizes the trouble he is causing the Beales when “FISHBELLY” is sprayed on their house. He doesn’t want to be a burden on the family, so he runs away to the West End.

The text structure of Maniac Magee is cause and effect; therefore an entire cause and effect chain can be created to show how the story progresses.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Cause and Effect within Plot

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/5] Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in Maniac Magee. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.


  1. On the left side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that show cause (why).
  2. On the right side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that are the direct effect of that cause.
  3. Write a description below each cause.
  4. In the description under each effect, show how the cause and effect are related.



Rubric

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Cause and Effect T-Chart
Create a T-Chart storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in the story. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cause
All events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes. These events are why something else happened.
Most events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Few or no events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Effect
All events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects. These events are direct results of something else.
Most events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Few or no events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Images
Images clearly show the events in the story that have been identified as causes and effects.
Images show events from the story, but not all images match the cause and effect events.
Images do not represent the story or are missing.
Cause and Effect Relationship
All rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Most rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Few or no rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.




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