High Quality Language Arts:
Make your Frankenstein unit BETTER with background knowledge and research, supplemental nonfiction texts and close-readings, STEM connections, Frankenstein close readings, and analysis essay task and model. Smash myriad CC Standards!
Frankenstein Prep – Here are some graphic organizers for the background to the author and the novel. Page 3 requires students to investigate literary genre and the influencing idea of Galvanism.
Prep or Post: Prometheus Allusion – This activity familiarizes students with the allusion to Prometheus in the novel’s subtitle. Students read the story for context. Then students will read one or two movie reviews of the film Prometheus (aiding in the Common Core goal of having students read nonfiction and in a variety of genres) in order to draw conclusions as to why the film writer chose the title. Students will then research NASA’s Prometheus mission and make further inferences. This all gives students a richer context for understanding Shelley’s use of allusion.
Pre or Post: Stem Cell article – This guided reading allows students to demonstrate understanding of a nonfiction text’s content, thesis, persuasive strategies, and vocabulary in context. This activity offers a STEM connection as well as continuing to supplement the novel with nonfiction texts. Stem cells appear to be this age’s scientific morality issue harkening back to some of the same questions raised by philosophers, artists, and specifically Shelley in her time. (STEM reading connection)
Pre or Post: Frankenfood Article – Another nonfiction guided reading, this time focusing on content, thesis, and objectivity versus subjectivity. Frankenstein permeates our contemporary society, and Frankenfood is just one example of that. (STEM reading connection)
During the novel: Romanticism and Epistle 2– This activity has students cross-referencing characteristics of Romanticism to the content found in Epistle 2.
During the novel: Letters and Chapter 1 – This activity teaches the concept of foil and characterization through a close-reading of the novel.
During the novel: Vocabulary in Context for the first four chapters – focuses on Shelley’s frequently used words.
During the novel: Analysis Practice Chapter 4 – This excerpted passage guides students to analyze for conflict and theme in line with evidence-based Common Core questioning and writing.
During the novel: Literary Terms in Chapter 5 – Drills literary term understanding, specifically imagery, irony, allusion, symbol, and paradox.
During the novel: Literary analysis prompt and model from chapter 7. Includes annotation model.
During the novel: chapter 10 comprehension questions on Victor's melancholy and analysis activity
During the novel: close reading/analysis activities/questions for passages in chapters 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22.
Post: Writing Theme – this activity coaches and models writing theme and prompts students to write three themes on three topics.
During or Post: Passage Analysis ESSAY – This excerpt and writing prompt aligns with the new SAT, Common Core evidence-based writing, as well as vertical preparation for AP Lit / AP Lang.
During or Post: Passage Analysis ESSAY DEBRIEF – Students need to debrief after a writing experience. They need to revisit the text, and here I’ve provided prompting questions regarding the creation’s literary and rhetorical strategies. Followed is a highly successful student model. Prompt your students to manipulate, question, and discuss the successful student model, so it can be a learning tool.