A Kid's Video Guide to "Maniac Magee"

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Topics discussed in this program include:

  • Racism
  • Importance of family
  • Looking at people from the inside
  • "Grayson"
  • What is a hero?
  • And much more!
- 21 minutes

Questions for classroom discussion and assignments:

  • Discuss nicknames. Do you have nicknames for your friends? Do your friends have nicknames for you? Do you like those nicknames?
  • Maniac Magee was considered by many to be a hero. What makes someone a hero? Can you name other heroes from the past and from today? Why are they heroes?
  • How do you think the racism in "Maniac Magee" relates to racism in America today?
  • How do you think the opening of the book, before the story begins, foreshadows the entire story.

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