I'm loosely calling this a novel study since my students read almost all of this novel outside of class. I gave them a schedule to follow and quizzed them every five chapters. Here's what the schedule looked like.
I couldn't find a set of objective quizzes for Freak the Mighty so I had to make my own. When assigning chapters to be read at home, I like to hold students accountable with a closed-book literal comprehension quiz each day a section is due. Otherwise, I KNOW that some of my kiddos wouldn't read. And because I gave the quizzes, I KNOW that one or two of them didn't read every time it was assigned, or at least, didn't keep up with the schedule. I'm BIG into accountability - if I'm going to give my students an assignment outside of class, you better believe I'm holding them accountable. I don't want any of them taking my assignments lightly or feeling like they can skate by without keeping up.
Anyway, I'm sharing those quizzes with you, my wonderful readers, just in case you teach the novel or plan to in the future. There are five quizzes total with 20 multiple-choice questions on each quiz. The questions are NOT higher order, but simply check for careful reading of each section by asking literal questions, no inferring or figuring out needed. I've already emailed the quizzes out to all of my email subscribers, so if you'd like a copy, simply subscribe below, and after you confirm your email, the quizzes will be automatically emailed to you.
I wanted to do some extra sentence writing-practice with my students, so I had them write two sentences for each five-chapter section. I use some of the sentence-building methods discussed in Interactive Writing Notebooks and give students sentence formulas to write. Here is what I gave them:
You can download a PDF copy of that by clicking on either one of those images.
The best part is the end product that my students ended up producing! Here are just a few examples of their writing.
We wrote the first two sentences together as a class, so you'll notice that they start the same. I could have posted 20 essays here if I chose all of the really great ones! Of course, we are still working on consistent verb tense and other things, so keep in mind that these are sixth graders. Boy I wish I had some "before" papers to post!
For tips on improving your students writing before testing time, check out this blog post from last year.