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- The BritLitWit British Literature Mega-Bundle will save you tons of prep time, keep your students engaged, and provide a rigorous learning experience—all at an awesome discount! This bundle is a massive help for teachers new to the profession or British Literature, as well as a great refresh for tho$136.68$195.25Save $58.57
Teach an engaging and rigorous Frankenstein unit with the BritLitWit bundle! You'll get everything you need to ensure that students comprehend the plot details and connect with the classic messages of the novel.
- Pacing guide: This sample sequence identifies approximate timeframes for assignments and distinguishes in-class and homework assignments.
- Anticipation guide: This fun pre-reading opinionnaire activity gets students to surface personal connections to some of the big themes in Frankenstein. It's a great discussion starter, and you can return to it throughout the unit to see if students' opinions have changed.
- Introductory slides: This presentation provides background and images related to Mary Shelley's biography, the literary and historical influences on the Frankenstein text, characteristics of British Romanticism, characteristics of gothic literature, misconceptions about the novel, and a diagram explaining the structure of the novel's frame tale.
- Reading questions: This packet is 131 questions long and guides students to the points that are important to know for the quizzes (and more!). It includes a detailed answer key.
- Quizzes: If the students complete the study guide, they will be prepared for these quizzes! There are seven reading multiple-choice reading quizzes on the chunks that are both manageable for students to read over 1–2 days while providing enough content to discuss in a class: Letters–Chapter 3 (10 questions), Chapters 4–6 (7 questions), Chapters 7–10 (6 questions), Chapters 11–14 (7 questions), Chapters 15–16 (6 questions), Chapters 17–20 (6 questions), and Chapters 21–24 (7 questions). Answer keys are included! For all of the quizzes except the first one, there are two copies per page so you can save paper. (If you upload them to Easel for students to complete, you can just block out the duplicate.)
- Love and Frankenstein worksheet: This sheet helps students identify how Shelley introduces the theme of how we all need love to thrive. It works well to use after the students read Letters-Chapter 3. Answer key included.
- Bioethics worksheet: This sheet helps students recognize the gray area that exists in many modern bioethical debates . This sheet provokes deep conversation without being too controversial, and encourages students to consider both sides of bioethics issues. You could extend this assignment by having students research each of the issues in more detail. Use this assignment after the students learn about Victor Frankenstein's experiments in Chapters 4–7.
- Nature vs. Nurture worksheet: This sheet briefly introduces the “nature” and “nurture” views in psychology and prompts students to think about the origins of their own traits. Students note where the nature vs. nurture debate surfaces in the novel and in the real world today. This assignment works well after Chapters 11-14. An answer key is included for the questions that are not opinion-based.
- Book Club for the Creature worksheet: The creature explains how three books—which were popular in Mary Shelley’s time—made an impact on how he perceives himself and the world. This sheet prompts students to provide the details of what the creature learned from those books. Then, students identify and describe three books they believe the creature should read if he were alive in our time, so that he would be well-rounded in his knowledge. Use this sheet after the students read Chapters 15-16. An answer key lists the details of the books that the creature reads in the novel.
- What Makes Us Human? culminating assignment: A major question of the novel is why humans do not accept the creature as another human. For this assignment, students do a freewrite about what they believe defines a human. Then, they locate three online sources that engage with that question and record their findings. Considering their initial opinions along with their research, students identify what they see as five essential characteristics of being human, and make a final assessment about whether the creature can be considered a human. This assignment is best used after the students finish the novel. It can be used as a homework or in-class assignment, and can produce a lengthy discussion! A rubric is included.
- Final Project Option #1, Enduring Issues of Frankenstein: Students work in groups to identify what they believe are the ideas in the novel that are still relevant in our time and deliver a slide-based presentation to the class. A rubric is included.
- Final Project Option #2, The Frankenfolio: For this fun, creative project students create a visual, a creative writing piece, a writing piece that makes real world connection, and a list related to the novel. There are several options in each category and the products are limited only to the students’ imaginations! Any of these assignments could be used individually. A rubric is included.
- Bonus jigsaw sheets: Frankenstein is such a detailed, thought-provoking text that sometimes you can spend most of the period discussing the study guide questions. To round out and increase the rigor of those days, these sheets help students trace the big ideas of each chapter. Divide the class into five groups and have each group add to its assigned sheet for the previous night’s chapters and share with the rest of the group. Rotate the sheets through the groups throughout the different days. The sheets included:
- Comics: The group draws a comic strip panel for each assigned chapter.
- Headlines: The group writes two headlines or tweets that represent the events of each assigned chapter.
- Frankenstein/Creature/Walton Venn diagram: Students note the similarities and differences between the three main characters.
- Gothic details: Referencing the list of gothic characteristics provided in the intro slides, students pick out the gothic details in each assigned chapter.
- Romantic details: Referencing the list of British Romanticism characteristics provided in the intro slides, students pick out the Romantic details in each assigned chapter.
This bundle is a turnkey Frankenstein unit that will save you many hours of prep!
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