Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is an exceptional book!
By the time Max enters eighth grade, he is the size of a full-grown man. His dyslexia and size make him an outcast at school. One day a new kid moves next door. This kid is also an outcast, with major health problems. Max calls him Freak in a friendly way.
Soon the two boys become close friends. Freak, who is super smart, teaches Max about robotics and history. He also tells Max that he is going to have an operation, so he won’t be sick anymore. Freak rides on Max’s shoulders and the two become a “dynamic duo” going on quests and adventures. The two make a great pairing with Freak’s brains and Max’s body.
Five Activities to use with Freak the Mighty
Activity #1 [Free Graphic Organizer]
This graphic organizer is extremely flexible and may be used at different times during your book study. Use it like a Venn Diagram to compare Max and Kevin.
Activity #2 [Audio Version]
Mr. Daniels reads one chapter at a time in a series of Youtube videos.
Activity #3 [Freak the Mighty Poem]
Freak and Max, Max and Freak,
Tall strong kid, small sick geek.
Adventures with Knights,
Horses, stuff that gives you frights.
“The usual,” says Max,
Talking about the knightly attacks.
Read the full poem here.
Activity #4 [Free Sample from book unit]
Try out the book unit before you buy it with this free sample.
Activity #5 [The Mighty Movie]
Have students watch The Mighty, the movie version of the book. Then compare the two versions.
Do you need additional teaching resources? The full book unit for Freak the Mighty may be found on Teachers pay Teachers.
The unit includes graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice to use with the novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.