Reflection: Supervising Student Teachers Marking Tracks with Google Maps--Frankenstein's and Walton's Geographic Journeys - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


The lesson featured here is one my student teacher created. We work in collaboration each day to finalize the next day's lesson and to reflect on the day we just finished. Guiding student teachers through their internship is a daunting and humbling task, but it's so vital to our profession. 

Our process for the current lesson worked a little like this:

  • Drue suggested the lesson.
  • I asked her to plan it and submit the plan to me so that I could look at it, which she did. 
  • We discussed exactly how the students would track the journeys and decided to give kids options so that we weren't in the way of the more tech savvy. 
  • Drue taught the lesson to one class and I taught it to the other one. 
  • Later we discussed the importance of articulating why tracing the journey is important.

I suggested some follow-up questions: Sometimes student teachers come up w/ really great ideas that don't translate well to students because the student teacher needed a stronger connection to the literature. 

  • What role does terrain/place play in helping us understand the Romantic Period?
  • How do the journeys show readers themes in the romance?
  • What do we understand about Walton and Frankenstein through their journey?
  • What contrasts (binaries) do we see in the journeys? 
  • What do you understand now about the book after thinking about the journey that you did not understand before?

As a supervisor of student teachers, we need to spend time with them and not abandon them on the ice floe of teaching. 


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Marking Tracks with Google Maps--Frankenstein's and Walton's Geographic Journeys

Unit 12: What Makes a Monster?: "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus"
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT track the geographical journeys Mary Shelley describes in "Frankenstein" to analyze how place tests character and theme.

Big Idea: "Writing has nothing to do with meaning. It has to do with landsurveying and cartography, including the mapping of countries yet to come." --Gilles Deleuze

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English / Language Arts, Literature, British literature, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Google Maps
  65 minutes
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