Lesson Plan

Maniac Magee: Fishbowl Discussion

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Split the class into two groups for a fishbowl discussion using of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. The first group initiates the conversation by reviewing the important points of Chapter thirteen while group two members are listening, jotting notes, engaging in dialogue, and preparing for their turn in the discussion. After the time is up, groups switch roles and the discussion continues.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Before starting, familiarize your class with a simple fishbowl activity and have them examine the cafeteria menu options  
Classroom Considerations
  • Classroom management and rules need to be in place for clear, respectful conversations and attentive listening
  • Activity involves class discussion and participation 
  • None