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Grade Level Grade 8
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan, Media
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

Frankenstein or; The Modern Prometheus, focuses on the features of horror stories and science fiction, which are combined in Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just nineteen years old.

The story introduces the archetypal mad scientist in Dr. Frankenstein, as well as the misunderstood loner in his monster. Shelley offers a warning about the dangers of science and what happens when man “plays God.” The conflict between man and nature is demonstrated in various ways; in the end, nature proves to be the victor. At the end of the novel, nature takes on a menacing new meaning, as Frankenstein chases his monster through the Arctic wilderness.

Frankenstein or; the Modern Prometheus is filled with adventure, mystery, intrigue, and horror. Shelley’s characters and their exploration of universal themes of alienation and death make thisa classic of both the science fiction and horror genres.

In terms of literary skills, students will focus on narrators and point of view, character development, the influence of setting, theme development, foreshadowing, and suspense. Students will also compare the influence of real-world ideas and settings to the way these ideas and settings are used in the text.




Lesson Plan
January 12, 2024
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January 12, 2024
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January 12, 2024
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Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).


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