Lesson plans for
Behind the Cover: Researching the History and Context of a Written Work
Students consider literary works and research their respective "back stories." They then design posters illustrating their information and display them in the school's library. This lesson uses a reference to Frankenstein but is adaptible to other literary works.
Just for fun, the novel condensed to a one-minute read.
In this video from the British Library (8:51), Professor John Bowen discusses key motifs in Gothic novels, including the uncanny, the sublime and the supernatural. Includes brief discussion of sexuality as motif; preview for appropriateness. Also available at YouTube, here .
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, question/answer relationship, and a Cloze activity on the KWHL handout.
An extensive list of during-reading and post-reading activities.
: The Making of a Monster
Vocabulary, focus questions, additional links, classroom activities. Supporting video available.
Extensive questions divided by section.
Glencoe Literature Library:
This page includes a brief introduction and some related stories. Scroll down to find a link to an excellent teaching guide in PDF format. Requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.
Ideas for Analyzing
In addition to traditional discussion question prompts, this site also offers suggestions for computer analysis of the text.
In Search of the Novel:
Two suggestions for connecting the novel with current events.
Science and Technology -- Monsters we have Created
Designed to go with Shelley's Frankenstein and Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" but could be used with either one alone. From Outta Ray's Head.
Study Questions on Mary Shelley
This page contains questions for Frankenstein for writing or discussion.
Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 8 titles inspired by Frankenstein .
Tales of the Supernatural
Students explore the origins and development of horror and Gothic fiction; investigate how shared imaginative concerns link the members of a literary period; examine the evolution of a literary tradition; and compare works of literature from different eras.
A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mary Shelley's
This 32-page guide includes a variety of activities for prereading, during reading, and post reading. It requires Adobe Reader for access.