Freak the Mighty

Introduction

•You are going to learn about the novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.•This will be our last novel of the year. The topic will deal with Quests, Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur.

Task

•You will be asked questions and in order to answer these questions you will be provided with websites.•On the websites there you search for the answers.•You will put your answers on your own piece of paper. Once done you will turn in your work. 

Process

Section 1: About the Author• Rodman Philbrick has written several novels and is a successful author. Click here to visit his website and answer the following questions: http://www.rodmanphilbrick.com/info.html• 1.What inspired Mr. Philbrick to write Freak the Mighty?•2.What are the titles of three other books written by Mr. Philbrick?

Now, Google Rodman Philbrick and find out the following information:

• 1.What year was he born?•2.What city was he born in?•3.What award did he win for Freak the Mighty?Section 2: Quests and Chivalry• Freak talks a lot about knights and their noble quests and acts of chivalry. He gets these ideas from legends and stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In this Quest, you will be reading about these legends to build your background knowledge before starting the novel.•First, click here to visit ChivalryToday.com.      http://chivalrytoday.com/what-chivalry/•1. Write your own definition of what the term “chivalry” means.•2. Give three examples of how someone might act in a “chivalrous” way. •Visit this website to learn about the Legend of King Arthur to answer the following questions.•http://www.caerleon.net/history/arthur/page2.htm• 1. What task did Arthur have to complete to become King?• 2. Who is Guinevere?•3. What was the name King Arthur’s castle?•The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table are well known. Many knights were featured in the tale although most people remember the main characters - Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. King Arthur is the figure at the heart of the Arthurian legends but the Knights of the Round Table play an important part in the story. The legend revolves around the Code of Chivalry followed by the Knights of the Round Table - Honor, Honesty, Valor and Loyalty. The Knights of the Round Table were ' Brothers in Arms'. The significance of the Round Table is that no one person, not even the King, should sit at the head of such a table. A round table enforced the concept of equality - completely at odds with the concept of the Feudal System.

(source: http://www.castles.me.uk/knights-round-table.htm)

• 1.What is the Code of Chivalry?•2.What is the significance of the round table?Section 3: Pre-reading•Read the following pages 3-4 from the novel, Freak the Mighty, and answer the questions below. Please answer the following questions in complete sentences:• 1.Who are the two main characters in this book?•2.What kind of person do you think the main character, Max, is? Kind, funny, mean, scared? What makes you think this?•3.Find one passage that stands out to you because it’s funny, puzzling, or something you can relate to. Write about why you picked this sentence or sentences.•4.Who are they referring to when they mention “Him”? Why do you think they might be scared of “Him”?•5.Freak calls his mom the “Fair Gwen of Air”. Based on your previous research about Arthurian legend, who do you think he is referring to?•6.Why do you think they call Freak “robot boy”?•7.The narrator says that they became “Freak the Mighty”. What do you think they did to earn this nickname? How does the narrator feel about this nickname?

Evaluation

In order to receive full credit you must answer using complete sentences, correct grammar, and answering by restating the questions.  This assignment is worth 100 points. Each process is worth 20 points. 

Conclusion

When you have completed this assingment you need to hang on to the assignment until we get back to the classroom. You may if you have extra time, research more about Freak the Mighty. 

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