FREAK THE MIGHTY DIGITAL PAPERLESS UNIT (USE WITH GOOGLE DRIVE)
This digital, paperless unit plan for Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick has everything you will need to teach the novel in a 1:1 classroom. With over 230 slides of eye-catching Google Slides, digital assignments, questions, vocabulary, and interactive class activities, you will have everything you need!
This digital unit is created with Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Forms and can easily be shared with Google Drive, Google Classroom or even via email! You don't have to be a tech savvy person to make this work in your class. The detailed step-by-step instructions provided make it painless and easy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a digital unit meant for a 1:1 or paperless classroom.
INCLUDED IN YOUR PURCHASE:
•14 slide Google Slides introductory presentation that includes fun pre-reading discussion, an interactive class activity, an author biography, a fun review quiz, and information on the novel and genre.
• Create a "Freak the Mighty Hashtag of The Week/Day" board that includes 10 inspiring quotes from the novel. The hashtags (#) will relate to the quote and tell your students which character said the quote. (print resource)
CHAPTER SUMMARY CARDS
• Chapter Summary Cards – digital cards that you can use for those students who struggle with reading comprehension. They can also be useful if a student is looking for a particular part of the plot. They can check the summary cards to find the correct chapter! There are also blank versions included, so students can type in a summary after reading each chapter.
• 5 Reading quizzes using Google Forms that include multiple choice questions and quotes from the novel. Students need to explain what is happening at this particular point in the plot based on the quote.
• A detailed print answer key for each quiz is included
• A Google Slides presentation explaining to students how to determine the meaning of an unknown word using context.
• A Freak the Mighty Vocabulary Digital Booklet for students with quotes from the novel that use challenging vocabulary. Students use context to determine the meaning of the bolded word. There is also a place for the actual definition to be inserted.
• A 29 Slide Google Slides presentation to go over each of the vocabulary words with synonyms/definitions for students to easily understand the new terms (organized by chapter sets)
• Reading Questions – A digital set of reading questions that include basic comprehension questions and Making Connection questions (using Google Docs)
• A 35 Slide Google Slides presentation that includes all the answers to the questions for easy review with the whole class.
• A 23 slide Google Slides presentation. The notes discuss some of the most important aspects of the novel organized by 5 chapter sets in the novel. The notes address characterization, theme, setting, atmosphere, symbolism and more! Your students will have a deeper understanding of the novel after you use this resource.
• Included is a Google Slides presentation with links to 5 videos which connect to each part of the novel. Please note that the videos are not about the novel specifically, but connect to something that happens in the chapters in either content or theme. This allows students to consider how the content or themes from the novel connect to the world today. YouTube is required. Digital response sheets for each are also included.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE ASSIGNMENTS
• Your purchase includes 5 digital worksheets with examples from the novel that include an example of either metaphor, simile, personification, idiom, hyperbole, or onomatopoeia. Also included is a detailed answer key for you to mark or review the answers with your students!
IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS
EXAMINING FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Students will examine a variety of images and will complete independent questions that will elicit stereotypical responses. With their group, they will discuss their answers and examine their first impressions. This is always an eye-opener for students and it helps them empathize with the characters in the novel.
In the novel, Max experiences bullying by his classmates and Freak comes to his rescue. Use this moment to help students make a text-to-world connection by examining the role that bullying plays in their school or community and offering suggestions for their classmates on how to deal if they are being bullied or if they witness someone else being bullied. Includes a Google Slides presentation and digital prompt cards for writing bullying role-play scenarios.
At Christmas in the novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, Freak gives Max a home-made dictionary with his own definitions. Use this moment to encourage students to create their own dictionary entries of their favorite words with creative definitions like the ones Freak uses.
KANE CHARACTER ASSIGNMENTS
Use these two creative digital assignments to help your students analyze the character of Kane. Students create a Wanted poster for Killer Kane and/or write a letter as Kane to Max while he is in prison.
MORQUIO SYNDROME BROCHURE
Kevin suffers from a condition where is body is too small for his growing body. Philbrick has stated that the condition Kevin has is called Morquio syndrome. Use this activity to have students research this syndrome and create an informative digital brochure.
FREAK'S OBITUARY ASSIGNMENT
Have students write an obituary for Kevin after he passes away.
DISCUSSION PROMPT CARDS
Help your students make text-to-self connections with the with these fun discussion cards that can be used in pairs, small groups, or even as a whole-class discussion. You can also use the cards as a writing prompt!
Have students make a musical connection between the lyrics of 3 songs and the plot, characters, and themes in the novel.
PLOT DIAGRAM ASSIGNMENT
Included is a blank student version of the digital plot diagram for them to fill out, as well as a detailed teacher copy/answer key.
YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
One of the recurring ideas in the novel is that you can't judge a book by its cover. This assignment allows students to examine 5 characters in the novel and discuss how that idea relates to them. Students examine Max, Freak, Iggy, Loretta, and Kane to determine how they are not what they appear to be. A detailed answer key is provided for easy marking or class review.
THE MIGHTY NOVEL MOVIE COMPARISON/REVIEW
A student organizer that can be used while they watch the movie adaptation to determine 5 things that are different between the film and the novel. Also included is a page for students to write a review of the film.
FINAL CREATIVE ASSIGNMENT
• Students will choose from 5 creative project options to complete at the end of the novel. A general rubric is included for easy marking.
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