Understanding Theme in Maniac Magee

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Maniac Magee Theme

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In this activity, students will identify a theme of the novel, and support their choice with details from the text. Several themes are present in the novel, and students could also display how these are present by giving an example of each theme.

Maniac Magee Theme Examples

Abandonment

Jeffrey Magee is repeatedly abandoned:

  • His parents die in a trolley accident
  • Grayson dies in his sleep
  • The East End community does not accept him

Family

Jeffrey desperately wants to be a part of a family who cares about him.


Race

Two Mills consists of the East End, for blacks, and the West End, for whites. Jeffrey does not see these color differences and embraces the individuals who are open to racial differences.



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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Maniac Magee. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from Maniac Magee you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.

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