Maniac Magee Writing Prompt

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

WRITING: What Makes a Friend?

Ask students why they think Amanda and Maniac became friends. (Possible: They shared an interest in books; had respect for one another.) Then point out that by the end of the story Maniac and Mars were developing a friendship. Ask: What do you think this friendship is based on? (Possible: They shared an interest in running; had respect for one another; began to understand one another.) Ask students to write a short essay describing what they consider the important qualities of friendship. Call on volunteers to read their essays to the class. Does everyone agree on what makes a friend?

  • Subjects:
    Literature Appreciation, Descriptive Essay, Literary Response, Writing Prompts, Friends and Friendship
  • Skills:
    Descriptive Writing