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Maniac Magee Plot Diagram

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A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.

Having students create a Maniac Magee summary will ensure they grasp important events from this story.

Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.


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Maniac Magee Plot Diagram Example

Exposition

Jeffrey becomes an orphan, and is forced to live with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan. He can no longer stand living with them, and runs away.


Conflict

Jeffrey bounces between East End and West End, trying to find a place to call home.


Rising Action

Jeffrey performs many impressive feats and earns the name "Maniac".


Climax

Maniac blurs the lines between blacks and whites by bringing Mars Bar to the McNab's home.


Falling Action

Maniac is disappointed by the behavior in Two Mills and is upset that he can't fix the problems himself; he is alone and unsure about the future.


Resolution

Maniac befriends Mars Bar and moves back to the one place he truly feels at home - with the Beale family.




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Create a visual plot diagram of Maniac Magee.


  1. Separate Maniac Magee's story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.

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