Freak the Mighty Unit Plan - Novel Study Reading Unit - Rodman Philbrick

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Freak the Mighty Unit Plan includes everything you need to teach Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. With more than 200+ pages and slides of content, there will be absolutely no prep required. This novel unit includes eye-catching presentation slides, print-ready assignments, questions, vocabulary, quizzes, interactive class activities, and more!

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Included in The Freak the Mighty Unit Plan:

➡️ Number the Stars Introductory Presentation: Start the Freak the Mighty unit plan with this interactive PowerPoint presentation that includes pre-reading discussion questions, an interactive class activity, a biography of Rodman Philbrick, a fun review quiz, novel context and reception, and historical background context on the novel.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Summary Cards: These summary cards are an excellent classroom reference for both teacher and student. These printable chapter summary cards outline the most important plot moments from Freak the Mighty organized by chapter sets. Simply print and cut out the cards, and you have a resource available that can be used as a tool for struggling readers, as a quick way to find plot moments, or as a tool to find text evidence during essay writing.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Quizzes: Included are five quizzes to assess student comprehension of the novel. Each quiz includes five multiple-choice questions and two quotes that students must respond to by sharing context. For each quote, students are required to explain what is happening at that point in the plot with any relevant information. Answer keys are included.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Vocabulary Booklet and Slides: Help students learn new vocabulary words from the novel during your Freak the Mighty unit plan with this ready-to-use resource. This resource helps students hone their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of new words as they are used within Freak the Mighty. Included is a vocabulary booklet organized by chapter sets where students read the new word in a quote from the novel and infer its meaning. Then, they look up the definition to see if they were correct. Presentation slides are included for easy class review or grading.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Questions and Answers: This resource includes novel reading questions organized by chapters that include comprehension and making connections questions. It also includes a presentation to review the answers with students. The answers are detailed and include text evidence for support.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Analysis Notes: This Freak the Mighty unit plan also includes a 24-slide PowerPoint presentation that shares some of the most important literary elements in Freak the Mighty organized by chapter set. The notes address setting, theme, tone, characterization, symbolism, and more. The notes can be used for students to copy, or they can be used as discussion starters. After using this presentation, your students will have a much deeper understanding of the novel.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Writing Prompts - Video Clips: Help your students make connections to the novel with these video journals. Students will watch a short video clip on YouTube that relates to a topic, theme, or idea presented in the novel. A related journal prompt is included and students share their thoughts and ideas in writing. The videos are not specific to the novel, but they relate in a way that allows students to make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection. YouTube is required & teachers should always preview the videos to make sure they are appropriate for their particular students.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Figurative Language: Cover common figurative language and literary devices after reading Freak the Mighty! This resource includes five figurative language assignments with examples from the novel. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.

This Freak the Mighty Unit Plan also includes creative assignments and activities for each chapter set. You can learn more about what's included below:

General Novel Activities & Resources

➡️ Freak the Mighty Hashtag Quote Posters and Activity: This interactive bulletin board that will brighten up your classroom while you read Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This display includes inspiring quotes from the novel with hashtags that share which character in the novel said the quote.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Unit Discussion Prompts: Help your students make text-to-self connections with the novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick with these fun discussion cards that can be used in pairs, small groups, or even as a whole-class discussion during the unit. The prompts will allow students to think about the novel and respond thoughtfully while making those connections.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Poster and Bookmarks: Brighten up your classroom and promote acceptance and reading in your classroom with a ready-to-print poster and two student bookmarks inspired by the novel!

Chapters 1 - 5

➡️ Freak the Mighty Stereotypes Activity: Students will participate in an interactive activity that will help them examine their own stereotypes and stereotypes made in the novel. This activity for Freak The Mighty is designed to help students empathize with the characters in the novel and examine the complexities of the theme of stereotyping in the novel.

Chapters 6-10

➡️ Freak the Mighty Bullying Role-Play Activity: In the novel, Max experiences bullying by his classmates, and Freak comes to his rescue. You can use this to help students make a text-to-world connection when they perform a bullying role-play where they offer suggestions for classmates on how to cope and react if they are being bullied or if they witness someone else being bullied.

Chapters 11-15

➡️ Freak's Dictionary Creative Assignment: At Christmas in the novel, Freak gives Max a homemade dictionary with his definitions. You can use this moment to encourage students to create their own dictionary entries of their favorite words with creative definitions like the ones Freak uses.

Chapters 16-20

➡️ Freak the Mighty Killer Kane Character Assignments: Use these two creative assignments to help your students analyze the character of Kane in the novel. Students will use their knowledge of Kane's characterization, the novel, and their imaginative thinking to create a Wanted poster for Kane, as well as a letter to Max from his point of view in jail.

Chapters 21-25

➡️ Freak the Mighty Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover Character Analysis: Teach your students one of the recurring ideas in Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, which 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 will examine Max, Freak, Iggy, Loretta, and Kane to determine how they are not what they appear to be.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Morquio Syndrome Informational Brochure: Freak (Kevin) suffers from a condition called Morquio Syndrome. Use this activity to have students research this syndrome and create an informative brochure. A sample answer key is also provided to help you see what students should include on their brochure.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Song Lyrics Text Connection Activity: This activity will help your students make text connections with this creative assignment where they find connections between song lyrics and themes and ideas that emerge in the novel Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick! The assignment allows students to use their analysis and critical thinking skills to apply song lyrics to themes and content from the plot, characters, conflict, and mood of the novel.


➡️ Freak the Mighty Plot Diagram Assignment: This plot diagram assignment includes a ready-to-use template for students to write what happens in the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. A detailed answer key is included.

➡️ Freak the Mighty Final Creative Projects: End your unit for Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick with these high-interest final project ideas! Students can choose to write poetry, create a novel soundtrack, write an extra chapter, design a comic strip, write diary entries, record a podcast, or film a scene from the novel.

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