Freak the Mighty Book Unit: Print & Digital Novel Activities

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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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You're about to save time and help students get more from their reading experience with this Freak the Mighty Novel Unit! That's because this is a standards-focused book unit that includes comprehension questions, text-based vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, and more - all in a ready-to-use format.

This Freak the Mighty Novel Study is available in print and Google Slides making it perfect for a whole-class novel study, book clubs, or literature circles. The unit includes daily comprehension trifolds that inspire students to think deeply about the text in a format that is approachable for even your most reluctant or struggling learners.

This Freak the Mighty Novel Unit includes:

1) Student comprehension practice (up to 20 instructional days)

  • Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
  • Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
  • Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
  • Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
  • Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
  • No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
  • Available in both printable trifolds and as Google Slides

2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:

  • Generating main ideas & writing a concise summary
  • Text analysis and responding to literature
  • Examining point of view and how it impacts the reader's experience
  • Making inferences based on text clues
  • Examining character traits, relationships, & their development across the plot
  • Identifying and supporting key themes of the story with text evidence
  • And so much more!

3) Text-based & academic vocabulary

  • One target word identified for each day's reading
  • A flexible foldable format allows for the study and application of new vocabulary
  • Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills

4) Teacher support materials

  • Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
  • Tips for preparation and implementation
  • Instructions for digital Google Drive version

    *Digital Access Note: This resource includes digital access via GOOGLE SLIDES. For the digital versions, you will need Internet access and a free Google account OR Google Classroom. Learners will work on computers or iPads. Upon purchasing, you will download documents containing links to the digital files, along with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you started in minutes! These are easily shared digitally between you and your students.


 How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...

▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss before reading.

▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.

▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.

▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement

▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers

▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge

▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies

Here's why teachers love these novel units...

♥  We used these for a whole-class novel study.  Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel.  This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching student's ELA skills.  I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall.  I highly recommend this!  -Allison M.

I loved using this resource! The questions are engaging, yet they are not too overwhelming for the students. It provides higher-order thinking and we have great class discussions while completing the questions. My students really liked these.

- Chelsea M.

My students enjoy these.  The tri-fold is genius, as they don't seem to feel as overwhelmed as they might with some of these higher-level thinking skills in a different format. - Jessica R.

Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...

★  I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and I through our reading time. As a homeschool parent I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year.  - Antonia S.

★  My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions...  The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.

My son enjoyed working through this activity while reading the book. I really liked the various types of questions and comprehension activities, along with the vocabulary word for each chapter! - Rebecca C.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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