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Frankenstein Guided Reading Notes and Hyperdoc

AP Lit and More
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11th - 12th
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  1. This unit has recently been redesigned to meet the new AP® English Literature course requirements! It aligns with AP® English Literature Unit 6 (Longer Fiction or Drama Unit II).This three-week unit plan includes everything you would need to teach Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein. Designed f
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This resource has undergone a drastic transformation to match the College Board's 2019 AP® Lit requirements! It aligns to Unit 6 - Long Fiction II in the AP® Lit CED.

These notes guide students on a study of Mary Shelley's gothic novel, Frankenstein, separated into daily notes and activities. Each day's lesson is composed of:

  • An anticipatory mini-lesson, focused on an essential skill from the AP® Lit requirements. These mini-lessons include discussions of Romanticism, subtext, the Prometheus allusion, an ongoing analysis of Paradise Lost, rising action, the meaning of an epiphany, a Byronic hero, and more!
  • Quote Analysis
  • Notes from each chapter, regarding plot, characterization, themes, and other literary elements
  • Discussion Questions

This resource also comes with a beautifully designed student note packet (for those teaching online, see info about the hyperdoc, below). Students use these notes to complete pre-reading homework, take notes on each day's lesson, and to record their own thoughts during each day's discussion.

This resource also includes:

  • An introductory lesson, introducing the life of Mary Shelley, previewing themes, explaining the criteria of a gothic novel, and providing an overview of Frankenstein's frame narrative construction.
  • A short slideshow explaining how studying quotes can help deepen and improve literary analysis
  • A list of the AP® Lit essential skills met in the mini-lessons
  • A teacher key providing explanation and answers for all questions posed in the notes

I've also overhauled the notes and the handout into an interactive Google Slide presentation called a hyperdoc. This resource is perfect for those teaching online or in a hybrid situation.

The notes' mini-lessons align with Unit 6 (Long Fiction or Drama Unit II) of the AP® Literature CED:

  • CHR 1.A – Identify and describe what specific textual details reveal about a character, that character’s perspective, and that character’s motives.
  • CHR 1.C – Explain the function of contrasting characters.
  • CHR 1.E – Explain how a character’s own choices, actions, and speech reveal complexities in that character, and explain the function of those complexities.
  • STR 3.A – Identify and describe how plot orders events in a narrative.
  • STR 3.B – Explain the function of a particular sequence of events in a plot.
  • STR 3.D – Explain the function of contrasts within a text.
  • NAR 4.C – Identify and describe details, diction, or syntax in a text that reveal a narrator’s or speaker’s perspective.
  • NAR 4.D – Explain how a narrator’s reliability affects a narrative.
  • FIG 5.C – Identify and explain the function of a symbol.

This resource is literally no prep for you!

Looking for more Frankenstein resources? Check out my Frankenstein Test & Answer Key, or try my Frankenstein Unit Bundle for everything you would need to teach Frankenstein.

This resource is included in my AP®Lit Full Course Bundle!

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155 + 152 page Hyperdoc
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


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