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Frankenstein Activities

Instructor: Alicia Taylor

Alicia has taught students of all ages and has a master's degree in Education

Activities can help students comprehend ''Frankenstein'' as they move through the novel. This set includes activities for individuals and groups to use before, during, and after their reading.

Individual Student Activities

Create a Quiz

As a homework assignment following an important chapter, have each student create a chapter quiz with an answer key.

Tell them that you will be giving your own quiz, as well. But, they each get to use their quiz for reference. The opportunity to use their work will encourage them to pay attention to major plot points.

Rewrite a chapter

So many things in Frankenstein would go better for characters if they made different choices. After reading a pivotal chapter (i.e., chapter 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, or 24), have your students rewrite the chapter by changing one person's choice.

If students focus on identifying cause and effect in the chapter, they will be able to create a story with a happier ending.

A different perspective

Several characters get very little voice in Frankenstein. Have each student select a minor character who interests them. Tell students to write a summary of the events of Frankenstein from this character' perspective.

The main theme students will explore through this activity is Victor's secrecy. Until they die, no characters but Robert, Victor, and the monster know about Victor's experiments. Students will also explore the theme of family.

Finish Robert's story

Considering what Robert has just heard and been through, what might happen to him next? Have each student write a eulogy for Robert.

Tell students they should determine whether Robert was changed by what Victor told him. If students decide he was changed, they should address this question: what kind of life would someone lead if he took to heart everything in this story?

If students decide he did not change, they should explore this question: in the world Shelley created, what would happen to a man with Robert's ambitions?

Group Activities

Prediction

Frankenstein can be a tough book to teach because your students already think they know the story. This activity will help get your students' assumptions out in the open.

Before anyone opens the book, break students into groups and have each group predict what will be in the novel. Tell them to create a list of characters, an outline of the plot, and a few major themes they expect to find. Be sure they know you are not going to mark them down for inaccuracy.

Teachers may go through these predictions the day students write them to explain which assumptions are false. Or, teachers may have the groups revisit their predictions after each chapter they read, crossing off anything that turned out to be false.

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