Frankenstein Lesson Plans
by Mary Shelley

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Teaching Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein gives students opportunities to study rich literary and thematic content through classroom activities and exercises. Our Premium Lesson Plans and Activities for Frankenstein include a comprehensive eNotes lesson plan for studying the entire novel—complete with a multiple-choice exam, essay questions, vocabulary exercises, and a comprehensive answer key—a detailed stand-alone lesson plan that focuses on how character foils reveal themes, and a response journal filled with writing and discussion prompts to facilitate students' reading of the text. Each of these documents has been written and vetted by our in-house educators and editors. In addition to premium content, we also have free materials available that have been contributed by teacher users.

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  • Frankenstein eNotes Lesson Plan

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born to radical thinkers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft in London in 1797, a period of political and social unrest. A revolution was sweeping Europe, one whose technological innovations would forever transform traditional means of labor. As a result, farm laborers flocked to rapidly growing cities,...

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  • Frankenstein eNotes Teaching Guide

    This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein before you begin teaching. In helping guide your students through the text, they will be exposed to the rhetorical power of literary devices such as allusion, symbolism, point-of-view, and narration. Students can also engage with important themes, such...

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  • Frankenstein Character Analysis Lesson Plan

    Theme Revealed Through Character Foils: This lesson plan focuses on Victor Frankenstein and Henry Clerval as character foils. Students will learn about character foils by identifying similarities and differences between Victor Frankenstein and Henry Clerval and considering how each character values ambition, education, love, and compassion. By studying Victor and...

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  • Frankenstein Allusion Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice identifying and analyzing allusions. Allusions broaden the scope of a text and imbue passages with deeper meaning by subtly drawing on unexplained references to literature, history, science, geography, philosophy, mythology, or other aspects of a culture. Allusions are thus a powerful tool...

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