Ch 15: Jerry Spinelli Books Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter was composed to provide teachers with examples of lesson plans, comprehension questions and activities for lessons about books by Jerry Spinelli, including ''Stargirl'', ''Maniac Magee'' and ''Crash''.

Jerry Spinelli Books Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our own professional instructors assembled this series of lessons to provide teachers, like yourself, with examples of lesson plans, comprehension questions and classroom activities related to the literary works of Jerry Spinelli. The books covered by these lessons include:

  • Stargirl
  • Maniac Magee
  • Crash

You will find these short, engaging lesson plans and accompanying lessons are helpful resources as you plan your own classroom lessons. In addition, these lesson plans are mobile-device compatible so that you can use them to prepare even when you are not at your desk.

How It Helps

  • Activities: The lesson plans of this chapter will provide you with examples of activities you can use in you classroom to improve student participation and engagement.
  • Learning objectives: The lesson plans presented in this chapter will highlight some of the key learning objects you may want to incorporate in your own lesson plans.
  • Class discussion questions: Look over these lessons for some quick examples of questions you may ask your class to encourage class room discussions.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning reading lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Jerry Spinelli books you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Jerry Spinelli book lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important reading concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Jerry Spinelli book-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

10 Lessons in Chapter 15: Jerry Spinelli Books Lesson Plans
Stargirl Comprehension Questions

1. Stargirl Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to confirm your students' comprehension of the book. Further probe their literary analysis and critical thinking skills by assigning Setting, Scenes, and Themes and It's All About What You Think questions.

Stargirl Discussion Questions

2. Stargirl Discussion Questions

Teachers can confirm students have read this book by assigning them discussion questions. Further enhance their comprehension by the setting and extension questions. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

Maniac Magee Activities

3. Maniac Magee Activities

'Maniac Magee' focuses on a young boy's search for a loving family. These activities encourage students to discuss the racial divide in Two Mills, identify the book's setting and complete a character analysis.

Maniac Magee Discussion Questions

4. Maniac Magee Discussion Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to confirm your students read Maniac Magee. Additionally, the extension questions will challenge their critical thinking and analytical skills.

Maniac Magee Comprehension Questions

5. Maniac Magee Comprehension Questions

Help your students understand the nuances in the novel Maniac Magee using these comprehension questions. Designed for students on differing levels, questions push students to dig more deeply and think about literary aspects.

Maniac Magee Unit Plan

6. Maniac Magee Unit Plan

Are you planning to teach 'Maniac Magee' by Jerry Spinelli? This unit plan explores the setting, plot, characters, and themes of the novel using discussion questions, activities, and projects designed for a middle school class.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli Lesson Plan

7. Crash by Jerry Spinelli Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, review with students the main characters and plot of 'Crash' by Jerry Spinelli. Students will discuss the topic of bullying and will write about bullying they have experienced, comparing and contrasting it with events from the book.

Crash Novel Activities

8. Crash Novel Activities

Jerry Spinelli's ~'Crash~' can be a great novel for teaching students about themes like peer pressure, aggression and stereotypes. The activities in this lesson will help your students get as much as they can out of the text.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

9. Crash by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

''Crash'' is a young-adult novel about an aggressive athlete who learns to define his own expectations for himself. These discussion questions can help your students work through this story.

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

10. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to help your middle and high school students gain a deeper understanding of the historical fiction novel ''Milkweed'' by Jerry Spinelli.

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