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The Complete Unit for Frankenstein

The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
The Complete Unit for Frankenstein
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Included in this unit (all separate MS Word docs, except for one PowerPoint presentation):

1. PowerPoint presentation on Mary Shelley’s life with an introduction to Frankenstein (with accompanying questions for students to answer after the presentation)

2. Romanticism Jigsaw activity – students are given different aspects of Romanticism and are then asked to present their section to their peers as they all take notes (I find that this helps students understand some of the thinking and some of the themes of Shelley’s time) (Romanticism info, chart organizer, and filled out chart included)

3. Article reading – an article about the science of how our brains are affected by nature – a great read to help students understand the Romantic’s belief in nature’s rejuvenating powers

4. Frankenstein themes – a list of themes with brief explanations

5. Warm up questions – quick write warm up questions for the start of each day (related to the previous night’s reading)

6. Homework Quotes – document for students to collect evidence for 2 essay prompts, comes with an example, and a list of focus questions for each chapter so students know what to focus on ahead of time (allows students to analyze quotes ahead of time)

7. Quote Conversations – Sometimes students are afraid to voice their opinions during class, so I created an activity that would allow for them to share their ideas “anonymously” if they so choose. I took quotes from the first half of the novel (included) and put one quote on different sheets of paper. I taped these around the room. I then instructed students to write “commentary” below these quotes. They were instructed to comment on any of the following:
a. the language and why they found it an interesting choice
b. if the quote revealed something about a theme or character
c. if the quote raised a question for them (thematic or philosophical for example)
d. any confusion they may have had about the quote
Each student was required to go to a piece of paper and comment. Then, they had to go to another quote that was already written on, and respond to what has already been written. The students came up with great conversations. Afterward, I chose a few and read the “discussion” aloud to the class – and I found that it actually initiated a more in depth discussion about that particular quote. Students were more excited to share after hearing others’ comments.

Quotes from Letters 1 through chapter 8 are included – you can certainly do this activity with more than the included quotes. Also, this is a great activity to just do at the beginning of class as well – put up a quote on the board and ask students to briefly discuss the significance of it.

8. Ch 3-4 Beginnings – an assignment asking students to examine the beginning of Frankenstein’s decline (answers included in two documents – one in the chart, and one that highlights different sections of the actual chapters)

9. Prometheus Myth Excerpts – an assignment examining the parallels between Frankenstein and the Prometheus myth (as Shelley subtitles her novel originally as “The Modern Prometheus”) – 3 myths with accompanying questions

10. Deep and Bitter Agony – and assignment that examines Frankenstein’s guilt during Justine’s trial (a great way for students to decide whether or not he’s actually feeling guilty or feeling the worse out of everyone as he claims)

11. Human vs Monster – an assignment comparing Frankenstein and the monster’s behaviors/thoughts when they first reunite

12. Ch 11-14 Beginnings – an assignment that examines how the monster started out good rather than evil (student example include)

13. 2 quizzes for the midway point – there is also a study guide for the longer quiz for students to review

14. The Decline of the Monster – reading/study questions examining the beginning of the monster’s decline

15. Debate docs – To create or not to create, Woe is me – two assignments that allow students to argue two issues in the novel, student examples are included – students use their notes in an organized class debate

16. What is ethical – an assignment examining the ethics behind the creation of a second mate

17. Metaphor assignments – 2 docs, students examine the metaphors that Frankenstein uses to describe himself – these can be used to help students understand both the power of words, and also Frankenstein’s mindset about himself

18. Ch 24 questions – longer assignment that wraps up the final ideas in the last chapter

19. Quote Practice docs – 3 docs helping students understand how to 1) integrate quotes effectively and 2) analyze them appropriately

20. Essay docs 5 docs + student examples, includes 2 essay prompts, examples, templates, guidelines

21. Frankenstein final + review sheet – the final test is composed of different quotes from the book, and students are to identify them and write about the significance
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