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Mrs. Ashley
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

5th-Grade Maniac Readers

My students need one novel per student of Maniac Magee.

My Students

I remember an aide trying to keep us quiet after school with Laura Ingalls Wilder. She ended up igniting in me a lifelong passion and a love of reading. Maniac Magee is a lovable character who ignites that love for my students year after year, but our well-loved novels have fallen completely apart!

My students are boys and girls who range in ability from gifted to struggling readers.

They are eager to learn, and when we begin novel studies, their motivation in reading takes off! A few come from traditional homes, but so many are from single parent homes; and so many, too, are passed between aunts and uncles and grandparents and even friends. Our school's population is high poverty, so our school does its part to raise funds and come up with ways to pay for students' glasses and backpacks and other necessities that families cannot afford. The way our school works to help the families we serve really is a beautiful thing to see!

My Project

My students need a class set of the novel "Maniac Magee." Maniac Magee is a lovable character who is naive to the world around him. He is a good contrast to how the world really is and how the world could be if people consistently treated each other with love and kindness. It is an exciting and wonderful novel with which to begin literary analysis and reflect upon in our reader response journals. Struggling students will be doing partner reading and reading with the teacher. Independent readers will read to themselves and afterward have a literature circle time much like a college book study. Some of the reading will be aloud, because the text is so good, and it needs to be said out loud with necessary pauses, discussion, acceleration, and explanation!

Donations to this project will help build a ship.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint Exupery Thank you for considering donating to this adventure!

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Maniac Magee • Amazon $8.00 25 $200.00

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This project will reach 100 students.

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