Maniac Magee Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

This lesson draws upon characters and themes from Jerry Spinelli's 'Maniac Magee' to teach students about figurative language. After reviewing information with a text lesson, students will use what they learn to describe people in their lives through interactive discussions.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the main characters in Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee
  • identify and describe instances of figurative language use in Maniac Magee


60-90 minutes


Curriculum Standards


Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

Key Vocabulary

  • Metaphor
  • Simile


NOTE: This lesson plan is designed to be used in a class that read the novel Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

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