Freak the Mighty - Complete Novel Unit

Grade Levels
5th - 7th, Homeschool
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150 pages
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This Freak the Mighty novel study unit includes all the activities you will need for your class study! Middle School students will love this unit while enhancing their literacy and writing skills AND enjoying a few creative projects along the way!

Freak the Mighty is one of my all-time favorite books to share with students. Not only is it a great story told through the fantastic voice of the character Max, but there are numerous literary skills that can be taught while reading the novel. This unit is perfect for middle school students whether in a traditional classroom or via distance learning!

12 Lesson Plans are included with each lesson is broken down with step-by-step instructions!

This complete Freak the Mighty Novel unit plan goes beyond basic comprehension questions and helps students to understand important literary terms and practice important and writing reading skills and strategies in the context of Freak the Mighty.

This is my go-to book to convince reluctant readers that reading can be FUN!

**Updated 9/2020**

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Unit Plan Overview
  • 12 Lesson outlines with step-by-step teacher instructions (one for each lesson).
  • Links to Engaging Google Slides Presentation that will guide you and your students through applicable lessons and the activities.
  • Teacher Modeling and Guided Practice built into Slides Presentation.
  • Class Discussion Points.
  • Independent Practice Activities.
  • Creative Assignments.
  • Answer Keys (where applicable).
  • Grading Rubrics.
  • Instructions for accessing Google Slides Presentation
  • Instructions for saving Google Slides Presentation as a PowerPoint Presentation.

Topics / Skills Addressed:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Mood/Tone
  • Plot Structure
  • Foreshadowing
  • Suspense
  • Research / Inquiry
  • Characterization
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Citing Evidence
  • Making Connections
  • Visualizing
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Theme Analysis
  • Voice in Writing
  • Discussion Etiquette
  • Strategic Argument
  • Making Inferences
  • Style in Writing
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Character Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Reference Skills
  • Character Education
  • Vocabulary from the novel

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Total Pages
150 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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