Ways to Read in the Classroom:
- Provide individual copies for students to read independently.
- Read with a partner (one student reads Maggie's part while the other reads Max's.)
- Read whole class (teacher reads main text and chooses a student to read Maggie's comments and another to read Max's.)
- Project for the class to see so they can follow along with all Maggie and Max's commentary.
Using the Book to Teach Comprehension Strategies:
- Analyze characters and setting.
- Locate humor and descriptive details within the text.
- Create a list of Maggie and Max's character traits.
Initially, I recorded every student suggestion. Then, students looked back, and debated whether or not each character trait really fit the characters. If not, we crossed them out, and added a better fitting trait.
- Analyze perspectives.
- Compare and contrast Maggie and Max's experiences, perspectives, likes, and dislikes
Below, students compared and contrasted Maggie and Max's experiences at a hotel.
- Analyze the genre of journal writing.
- Use this book as an anchor text to model positive characteristics of good journal writing.
- Use this book to launch an in-class journal writing center where students write back and forth to one another in the same fashion as Maggie and Max.
- Launch an at-home journal writing activity over an extended break (Christmas, February, April, Summer, etc...)
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