Extend the Tale
The tale of Jeffrey “Maniac" Magee reports his amazing abilities in football, baseball, long-distance running and rescuing victims of bullies. Here is an activity to extend the story:
1.Students need to think of another super-human skill that Maniac possesses.
2.Brainstorm individual things that he is able to do with this skill and write down the ideas.
3. How will Maniac’s ability impact the town or its inhabitants? Write it down.
4. Now write a one-page short story that could fit in with the rest of the book focusing on this new skill.
5. Include at least three of these literary devices: simile, metaphor, alliteration, allusion or hyperbole
Metaphor- comparing things by saying one thing is another
The ice on the pond is a mirror in the morning sun.
Simile- comparing two unlike things using the words like, as or as though
He ran like a rabbit escaping the fox.
Alliteration- the repetition ( at least two in a row) of the initial consonant.
Maniac Magee managed to melt the stone heart of the mild-mannered man.
Hyperbole- a figure of speech using exaggeration
I’ve told you one hundred times to clean your room.
Allusion- Using a reference to a famous person or event in real life or literature
Her red shoes sparkled like Dorothy’s in the Wizard of Oz.