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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Pixton Lesson Plan on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic literature to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic literature to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Main Characters

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Victor Frankenstein

    The protagonist who creates a smart but hideous monster.

  • The monster from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    The monster

    The eight-foot-tall, ugly creation of Victor Frankenstein.

  • Robert Walton from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Robert Walton

    The Arctic seaman whose letters begin and end the novel.

  • Alphonse Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Alphonse Frankenstein

    Victor’s father.

  • Elizabeth Lavenza from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Elizabeth Lavenza

    An orphan adopted by the Frankensteins.

  • Henry Clerval from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Henry Clerval

    Victor’s friend, who cares for him in Ingolstadt.

  • William Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    William Frankenstein

    Victor’s youngest brother.

  • Justine Moritz from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Justine Moritz

    A young girl adopted by the Frankensteins.

  • Caroline Beaufort from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Caroline Beaufort

    Beaufort’s daughter.

  • Beaufort from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Beaufort

    A friend of Victor’s father.

  • Peasants from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Peasants

    A family of peasants, who the monster observes and learns from.

  • M. Waldman from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    M. Waldman

    The chemistry professor who sparks Victor’s interest in science.

  • M. Krempe from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    M. Krempe

    A professor at Ingolstadt.

  • Mr. Kirwin from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Mr. Kirwin

    The magistrate who accuses Victor of Henry’s murder.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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  • Beaker
    Beaker
  • Book
    Book
  • Building
    Building
  • City
    City
  • Fire
    Fire
  • Jail
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  • Mound
    Mound
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Prop Letter
    Prop Letter
  • Snow
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Teacher Guide

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • In pairs, have students draw a picture of Frankenstein and write down everything they know about the character. Ask students to think about what it is about Frankenstein that makes him a good character/villain. Share as a class.
  • Ask students to write a journal entry, thinking about the following questions: If you had the power to make a person or monster from your lab, would you do it? If so, what kind of creature would you make and why? If not, why not?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Sketch

    Begin after the first chapter and make additions throughout the unit

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Major Themes

    Complete after finishing the novel

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Types of Conflict

    Complete after finishing the novel

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • How are Victor and the monster similar and different? Take into consideration the character development throughout the novel.
  • What are some examples of foreshadowing that the author used in this novel? Do you think it was effective? Why/Why not?
  • How is the monster portrayed in this novel different from the Frankenstein monster we know today?
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Pixton Activity: Frankenstein 1 Character Sketch

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from Frankenstein and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Frankenstein 2 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Three major themes in Frankenstein are:

  • Monstrosity
  • Pursuit of Knowledge
  • The Influence of Nature

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least three examples in the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the paragraph number in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Frankenstein 3 Types of Conflict

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Instructions

In the novel Frankenstein, identify the key types of conflict that are present. Using a Storyboard format, identify an example for each type of conflict present.

  • There may be more than one type, so it is important that you thoroughly analyze your selection.
  • Provide a brief description as to why you believe that this is a good example. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Types of Conflict

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview Multiple types of conflict are fully discussed: all examples are thoroughly discussed. More than one type of conflict is fully discussed; examples are well developed and precise. More than one type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples provide sufficient support. One type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples show limited support. One type of conflict is poorly discussed; lacks supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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