Everything you need to teach Frankenstein in-depth, from start to finish, is here. Frankenstein is a rewarding text, but it's extremely detailed. This bundle will help ensure that students comprehend the plot details and also the classic messages of the novel.
Unit Overview: A table identifies the sequence and amount of time to spend on each assignment. In-class and homework assignments are distinguished from one another.
This PowerPoint 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. This product also includes a fill-in-the-blank version of the PowerPoint.
2. Study Guide
This study guide 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. I included page references for the Bantam Classic edition in the answer key.
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 I have found to be the most manageable for students 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)
- Chapters 21-24 (7 questions)
Answer keys are included! For all of the quizzes except the first one, I fit two copies per page so you can save paper.
4. 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.
5. Bioethics worksheet
To help students recognize how Frankenstein addresses bioethical concerns of Shelley’s time (such as whether electricity could be used to raise the dead), this sheet helps students recognize the gray area that exists in many modern bioethical debates as they evaluate their own views. 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 read Chapter 4-7 and get significant detail about Victor’s experiments.
6. Nature vs. Nurture worksheet
Shelley understood that it’s difficult to determine what shapes our personality and behavior, which is why the reasons for the creature’s behavior make for such an interesting debate. This sheet briefly introduces the “nature” and “nurture” views in psychology, then provides a chart with prompts for students to think about where their own traits come from. The reverse includes questions that get students thinking about other connections that the nature vs. nurture debate has to the real world and also to note the specific times it emerges in the novel. This assignment works well after Chapters 11-14. An answer key is included for the questions that are not opinion-based.
7. 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, the students need to identify and describe four books/media sources that 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.
8. What Defines a Human? 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 length discussion. A rubric is included.
9. Final Project Options
Enduring Ideas of Frankenstein: This is the more formal option of the two included. 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 PowerPoint presentation to the class. The detailed rubric explains the details of the elements (original ideas, quotations, video, and images) they need to include, in addition to the standards for presenting to the class.
Frankenstein Portfolio: This is the more fun, creative option. Students create one visual, one creative writing piece, a 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 detailed rubric is included.
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 those days, I have included sheets that will help students trace the big ideas of each chapter. I 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. I 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 PowerPoint notes, students pick out the gothic details in each assigned chapter.
- Romantic Details: Referencing the list of British Romanticism characteristics provided in the PowerPoint notes, students pick out the Romantic details in each assigned chapter.
This bundle is a turnkey Frankenstein unit. It represents the many, many hours of prep time that I put into it, which you will save! However, if you just need a little bit to supplement what you've already created, I also sell these products individually:
Frankenstein Introductory PowerPoint
Frankenstein Study Guide
Love and Frankenstein Worksheet
Book Club for the Creature Worksheet
What Defines a Human?
Frankenstein Cumulative Project: Enduring Ideas
Frankenstein Portfolio Project