Frankenstein Invades AP Literature

ap literature...where monsters are made...


Students will understand that...
  • When we don't take responsibility for our actions, we can impact others, possibly even on a global level.
  • Victor's lack of compassion for his creation causes the monster to seek revenge and cuts it off from any love or compassion it might have felt.
  • Scientific advancement can help us learn and prolong our lives, but when it clashes with moral issues and compromises our principles and our humanity, it is harmful.
  • This novel offers no answer to the question of the relationship between creator and creation; it can be a seen as metaphor for man's relationship to God, in which case, God is indifferent at best and cruel at worst. The novel does serve as a springboard to discuss such issues.
  • The relationship between nature and nurture is complex and remains the focus of debate as research shows both to be important in determining various aspects of humanity.

Essential Questions

  • What consequences do we face when we don't take responsibility for our actions?
  • How can scientific advancement and exploration be both good and bad?
  • What is the relationship and responsibility between creator and creation?
  • What is the relationship between nature and nurture? Which is more important?
  • ™ What is the ethical relationship between creator and creation? ™
  • How do writers structure their work to reflect their message? ™
  • How is the feminist perspective demonstrated in Romanticism?

Expectations for your notes

Take some time to create your notes for Frankenstein. These notes must be consistent with discussions in class. You must include background and author details as well as literary details.

Other details to include in your notes throughout this unit of study:

  • Title analysis—provide explanation of the title
  • Major themes of the work—write themes in sentence form—Select 3 major themes.
    • Provide plenty of support from the novel for each theme and explain how the support
      develops this theme. Your support needs to come from the entire novel.
  • Two Symbols—explain the meaning and relate it to meaning of the novel-provide support with the page numbers
  • One Motif—explain the meaning and relate to the meaning novel/play-provide support with the page numbers
  • One Allusion—Be able to discuss why the author has chosen this allusion-provide pages from novel
  • Development of one main character—this is not merely a description—Your emphasis
    is character development. This must be in outline/bullet form.
    • Be sure to cover the following:
      • What is the character’s function or position in the story?
      • Does the character change? If so, how and why? If not—discuss
      • What motivates the character?
      • What are conflicts and how do conflicts
        develop the character?
      • How are the conflicts resolved?
      • How does the character help to communicate the theme of the story?
      • What other characters influence the character and how?

Styles of Notes

Please take a variety of notes as/after you read the assigned chapters. You may write within the novel, but also take time to gather some type one notes. You may search "plot graphic organizer pdf" through Google and print that for use and reference. See below types. You should rotate through these or other notes you prefer to take. These may be on paper or online.

Book Drum- an interactive companion for reading Frankenstein

Click here to obtain assistance in comprehending Frankenstein This will provide you with background information, maps, explanation of allusions, illustrations, important quotes explained, art and so much more! Please open this link and review for aspects you can use within your blog and to heighten your analysis and commentary with writing.


Your Responsibilities During This Unit

->keep to the Frankenstein reading schedule- see calendar
->complete the Frankenstein Study Guide Questions- see document in Schoology
->read through each of the resource links below***
->read a critical essay of your choice related to Mary Shelley and/or Frankenstein and write a Critical Essay Analysis- see requirements below***
->ONGOING- Vocabulary

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Frankenstein - Summary & Analysis by Thug Notes
It's Alive!
Don't Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1: Crash Course Literature 205
Frankenstein Part II: Crash Course Literature 206

Critical Analysis Essay

Critical Analysis Essay:

For guidance in writing a critical analysis essay, go HERE!

Assignment Description: For this assignment you are asked to complete a literary analysis on an Essential Question as it relates to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This question is one of your choice. Review the examples of Essential Questions as listed at the top of this document.

  • You are to locate at least 3 sources on your topic. Half of your sources must be journal articles or books. You may use credible web sites as well as interviews.
  • You are to write a 4 -6 page (1000-1500 words) critical analysis based on the sources you have selected.
  • Papers should include relevant vocabulary and varying sentence structures as studied within this unit.
  • Papers must comply with MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style throughout. Please explore Purdue University’s OWL website for style guidelines.
  • Papers must be written in formal writing style.
  • Print your paper PRIOR to coming to class.
  • No late papers, please!

Due date: TBD