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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Students complete close reading and analysis activities for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In this literature analysis lesson, students complete multiple close reading and analysis activities to evaluate the 19th century story.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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.
Frankenstein Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Students may check some of their answers online.
Byron, Shelley, & Keats (Later Romantics) Presentation
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.
It's Alive! Part II: Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
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.
Behind the Cover
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.
Introduction to Frankenstein
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.
Nightmare on Joe's Street
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.
Somewhere Under the Rainbow--The Romantic Period in British Literature
Students create 2-3 poems, a children's story, or a two or three dimensional piece of art. In this Romantic Period lesson, 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.
Romanticism and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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.
Tales of the Supernatural
Students 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.
It Was A Dark and Stormy Night
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.
A Fascination with Mystery and Horror: Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley
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.
Frankenstein Anticipation Guide
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.
What Makes the Writer Write
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.
Resources for Teaching Women Writers
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.