FREAK THE MIGHTY
Your will be writing a 4-5 paragraph letter to Mr. Philbrick, the author of Freak the Mighty. This project will take a few days. It is due by the end of class on Thursday, 12/20. There will be a spelling test on Thursday before you will have work time, and possibly AYOA. Before beginning, read through the TOP TEN QUESTIONS on Rodmanphilbrick.com (click on the book cover, then the Top Ten Questions are on the left) so that you DO NOT (notice the all caps for emphasis?) ask the author any questions that he has already answered. That would annoy him (and us), and cause you to lose points.
Your letter to Mr. Philbrick should be a creative effort. We will not tell you what to write. We will give you some ‘ideas’ for topics, but you are not limited to these. Think of them as thought starters, but feel free to create your own! You do not need to check with us first, just write.
- What your favorite part was and why
- What part you could really visualize in your mind while we were reading
- Which character you could most relate to and why
- Which character was the funniest and why
- The part that made you feel the strongest emotion, what it was; provide text evidence
- What you learned about yourself from reading this book
- How this book changed your views about friendship or anything else important
- What you think the themes from the book are
- What theme from the book affected you the most, and why you think it did
- Which of Freak’s dictionary words are your favorite and why
- What ‘lessons’ you learned from the book
- How the book helped you become a better person
- Ask him anything he has not already answered in his Top ten Questions!
1) Go to rodmanphilbrick.com and read through the author’s Top Ten Questions once you click on the book cover. Do not ask him anything he has already answered.
2) Plan your letter before you begin writing. Make a list of 3-5 topics you will write about in your journal. Those topics will become your paragraphs.
3) Do not combine topics in paragraphs- each topic should get its own paragraph. That means that you must elaborate on your topics- pick interesting ideas to write about, and ‘say more.’
4) Start your letter with:
Dear Mr. Philbrick, and end it with:
Sincerely (or Aloha, or Mahalo, or Happy Holidays, or With Appreciation, or Sincerely Yours,)
(then skip a line so you can hand write your name between Sincerely and your typed name)
Your Typed Name
* We are providing you with a lesson on proper formatting, as well as an example...the expectation is that you use both of these to create a properly formatted friendly letter.
* How will you be graded? (good news: you can use first person!)... See the rubric. Any questions? We will not be proofreading rough drafts. Use ProWritingAid or your friends.
Personal Letter Rubric
7th Grade English Language Arts
Follows proper letter format guidelines precisely with heading, greeting, body, closing.
Letter contains 3-5 paragraphs about 3-5 topics, each supported with specific and engaging details.
Letter has smooth transitions between all paragraphs
Letter contains good sentence variety. All sentences have clear and correct structure.
Words add color, interest and engage the reader. No slang is evident.