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Students complete close reading and analysis activities for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. For this literature analysis lesson, students complete multiple close reading and analysis activities to evaluate the 19th century story.
Just because you can, should you? Reflections on the ethics and limits of medical research are prompted by a reading of excerpts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, viewing of clips from the 1931 film, and examining sections of the online exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secretes of Nature. The resource contains two detailed plans: “Electricity, Frankenstein, and the Spark of Life,” for middle school, and “’It’s Alive!’: Frankenstein and the Limits of Medical Research,” for high school classrooms. A great cross-curricular plan.
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.
The convoluted life (and loves) of Mary Shelley is the focus of a text-heavy, and at times confusing, presentation about the famous writer. Illustrations of Shelley and her circle of friends are included.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, learners respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
Students examine the novel "Frankenstein" for examples of cloning. They relate the story to the ethics of cloning and genetics today. They also compare the text with films that have been made about the novel.
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.
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.
Students develop questions they would have liked to ask an author about their written works. They read an article about their forefathers and research a back story to a written work of their choice. They create posters to illustrate the written work.
Share a classic novel with your class using this resource. After reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, learners answer questions involving the narrator's point of view, make and confirm predictions, and sequence events in the story.
Students conduct research and create an eponym dictionary. They use their imaginations to create their own monster. They have a Monster Mash day to show off their creations.
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.
High schoolers explore the the origins and development of Gothic literature. In groups, they use online sources to research a given Gothic piece. They compare their findings to those of the other groups.
Tenth graders read and discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and are introduced to the genre of horror. In groups, they create their own PowerPoint presentation on a topic related to horror. A panel of their classmates judges the best story.
Students discover how the public's perceptions of science have changed throughout recent history; then research scientific and technological breakthroughs in a variety of areas. They then create plays that allow scientists to encounter both the beneficial and harmful repercussions of their work.
Students 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.
Students 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.
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.
Students create 2-3 poems, a children's story, or a two or three dimensional piece of art. In this Romantic Period lesson plan, students discuss the historical background of the Romantic Period and relevant literary terms. Students analyze and interpret texts from the Romantic Period. Students then create a work using Romantic characteristics to for a class exhibit.