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Rock stars are cool, but not as cool as the ones from the nineteenth century Romantic Movement. Present critical biographical information on the big three, Byron, Shelly, and Keats, before you dive into analysis of their major poems. The information is solid, written with flair, and has informative images. Add in some ideas about Romanticism's aims and goals and turn this into a larger powerhouse of knowledge.
Twelfth graders consider the themes in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. They discuss the themes of beauty, revenge, pursuit of knowledge, ambition, science, conflict with parent and child, friendship, and nature. They search newspapers to find examples of these themes and compare them to Shelley's life and the novel.
Gothic novel. Horror story. Science fiction. All these labels have been applied to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If this classic tale is part of your curriculum, consider introducing the novel with a presentation that includes background on Shelley, romanticism, the Age of Reason, and gothic novels. The colorful images and essential questions are sure to engage your class.
Start by discussing the fundamentals of Romanticism, and then discuss some of its characteristics in poetry and literature. On slide 18, learners are introduced to Mary Shelley, famous for her work, Frankenstein. By slide 23, the viewers get a glimpse into the characters and plot line of the novel. Then, The Bride of Frankenstein is introduced. Discussion questions throughout the 59-slide PowerPoint prompt viewers into discussion.
Who was Percy Shelley, and what is he famous for? Your class will be surprised at his rather promiscuous past. Detailed here is a brief account of his life and relationships in a general timeline format. The presentation also highlights Mary Shelley's successful writing career.
Before your high schoolers embark on the journey of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, provide them with this prereading activity. Independently, they respond to seven statements that connect with the novel. For example, they must decide if they truly believe that "Everyone has a hidden monster inside of them." Then, as they read, they determine how the author views each statement and takes notes.
Learners develop literary interpretive skills by reading works by Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. Students become familiar with characteristics of horror or mystery literary work, and write essays explaining their understanding and/or interpretations of stories or poems.
High schoolers chose a novel which includes social criticism to read. After reading the book, they use the internet to research the issue in the novel and work with others to develop a presentation. In their presentation, they identify the problem and identify possible solutions.
Twelfth graders explore, discuss and experience a wide variety of texts from around the world written by women. They analyze the different genres covered and view a lot of unique point of views from different female perspectives. Topics to embrace include Islam, movements and an array of different cultures.
Your 11th and 12th graders are ready to critique society! Channel that inclination by studying a novel that offers social criticism of other eras (book recommendations included). This resource presents a well-thought-out overview of such a unit, incorporating technology (online group collaboration, multimedia presentations, etc.), guidelines for class discussion, and more. However, it is a generalized plan, so you'll need to hash out the details of how to make it work best for your class. Contemporary novels are suggested to extend the unit.
Designed to accompany an introductory lecture on the Romantic Movement in art, literature, and music, this PowerPoint begins with the social and cultural turmoils of the period from 1750 to 1850. Viewers are then introduced to the major artists and writers and their works. Appropriate for humanities, AP or college level classes.
Art, music, and literature of the Romantic Movement in Germany, France, and England are the focus of presentation that would serve as a good overview of this era. The major works of the major figures are surveyed. The ideals, so obvious in the art and music, provide a great introduction to the literature.