This two page biography relates circumstances that influenced Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein. Your students will be intrigued to learn how she got the idea from one of her own dreams. To check student comprehension of the informational text, the third page has two questions about the author, Mary Shelley, and the plot of her story.(I did not get into a lot of details about the plot, but instead kept it simple.) Students will identify causes and effects, organize ideas, and summarize information. They are directed to answer in factual, well-written paragraphs. With this mini lesson, students will gain knowledge of the story elements of plot and setting. Besides being part of a unit of study on authors, this product can also serve as an alternate form of book report writing. A drawing of Frankenstein is provided, and the fourth page is the answer key.