Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Illustrating Frankenstein and his monster - Section 2: Visualizing Detailed Descriptions


When we first started the unit on Frankenstein I asked students to tell me what they thought of when they heard Frankenstein. There were a lot of responses about a monster, a creepy castle, a crazy scientist, and Igor the demented  helper.  They mention pop references from Boris Karloff to the Muppets, and of course, that Frankenstein is the monster, not the creator.  We discussed how Frankenstein is the role model for monsters and heroes like Freddie Kruger and Wolverine, and how he is so ingrained in our culture he has his own cereal.  

Today's exercise was a step toward changing those attitudes toward popular concepts of Frankenstein, and his place in our cultural consciousness and a move toward relating to and understanding Shelley's original concept.   

At times in the school year, classes will be shortened for various reasons from sports activities to field trips, and testing.  When that happens it can help to have short lessons like this one to informally check student comprehension.  Students like these kinds of lessons because they are short, and allow them to be creative. 

Most of the students had this assignment complete by the time they were called to the field trip. 

  Using Illustrations to Check Comprehension
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Illustrations to Check Comprehension
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Illustrating Frankenstein and his monster

Unit 6: Frankenstein
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: SWBAT create visual representations of Frankenstein and his monster using descriptions from the text

Big Idea: How does Shelley's version of Frankenstein differ from our pop-culture influenced ideas?

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