Oprettelse af et plotdiagram hjælper ikke kun eleverne med at lære delene af plottet, men det styrker større begivenheder og hjælper eleverne med at udvikle en større forståelse af litterære strukturer. Studerende kan oprette et storyboard, der fanger fortællingsbuen i et værk med et seks-cellet storyboard, der indeholder hovedparten af plotdiagrammet. I denne aktivitet vil eleverne oprette et visuelt plotdiagram over større begivenheder i Freak the Mighty. Studerende skal identificere vigtige vendepunkter i romanen såsom Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action og Resolution.
FREAK THE MIGHTY by Rodman Philbrick
EKSPONERING / KONFLIKT
Freak the Mighty er historien om Max Kane, en 7. klasse, der tager sig af sin far, idet han er meget stor i statur. På trods af størrelsen af en voksen har Max problemer i skolen og har svært ved at bestå hver klasse. Han har en udiagnosticeret indlæringsvanskelighed kombineret med traumer fra at miste sin mor til vold i en ung alder. Men når Max møder Kevin "Freak" Avery, begynder hans liv at ændre sig.
CLIMAX / TURNING POINT
Kevin, nicknamed Freak, is extremely small for his age at only about 3 feet tall in 7th grade. He suffers from a physical condition that makes it difficult to walk and has leg braces and crutches. Freak is extremely well-read and has an astounding vocabulary. Freak seems to know everything about everything! He is especially fond of literature and adventure stories such as those about "King Arthur". Both boys have difficulty navigating the world of middle school and strike up an unlikely friendship.
Max and Freak form a close bond and go on many adventures together. Max often carries Freak up on his shoulders which earns them the nickname "Freak the Mighty" because together they are unstoppable. They outsmart bullies and attend all their classes together. Freak helps Max learn to read and write. Freak tells Max that one day he will get a "Bionic" body to help with his condition. One of Max and Freak's adventures leads them to the home of Iggy and Loretta Lee, two ex criminals who reveal that Max's dad is Kenny "Killer" Kane, in jail for murder.
Freak the Mighty
Max's father killed his mother when he was a small boy. He has been in prison ever since but is up for parole. One night while Max is sleeping, Kenny kidnaps him and forces him to come with him to Iggy & Loretta's house, where he ties him up and tells him that he was unjustly imprisoned. When Max says that he knows Kenny killed his mother, he goes into a rage almost killing both Max and Loretta. Freak comes to the rescue just in time and outsmarts Kenny with a water gun!
Maxs far sendes tilbage i fængsel. Imidlertid er deres lettelse kortvarig. Freak får et anfald og styrter til hospitalet. Max lærer, at Freaks historie om en "bionisk" krop var netop det - en historie. Han vidste, at han ikke ville overleve sin tilstand, der kaldes Morquio syndrom. Før han går bort, giver han Max en tom notesbog, der fortæller ham at skrive om alle deres eventyr sammen.
Max takes Freak's passing very hard. He is depressed for about a year. Finally, he summons the courage to take out the blank notebook that Freak gave him and begin to write. It is here when the reader realizes that the book we've been reading is just that: Max finally channeling his grief into writing about his and Freak's "unvanquished" friendship and their epic adventures.