Reflection: Adjustments to Practice An "Increase of Knowledge": Composing the Analytical Essay for "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" - Section 2: Color-Coding Lenses: Introducing the Lesson


I've taught Mary Shelley's Frankenstein often, and I've even used it quite successfully as a literature circle selection. This year, however, my student teacher and I faced quite the challenge in terms of dealing w/ "fake readers," a term I think Kelly Gallagher coined. Simply, too many students did not really read the book. This was a bigger problem this year than ever. 

Consequently, I decided we needed to make an adjustment for the analytical essay. I knew students could recount the story because of the open mic discussion (described in an earlier lesson) and because of other discussions. But I did not want a plot summary. I wanted students to actually read through the literary lens. 

Additionally, i did not want to take a punitive course of action because I know I need to think about why students fake read this year and not last year. Do I need to give more in-class reading time? Was the text too difficult? Was it a mistake to assign a whole-class novel rather than offer options? 

To accomplish the goal of having students analyze a passage based on their assigned lens, I decided to compile passages onto documents for each lens. This is not an ideal scenario, but this modification did function to help students focus on both the lens and the text and accomplish the goal of writing the assigned essay. 

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An "Increase of Knowledge": Composing the Analytical Essay for "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

Unit 12: What Makes a Monster?: "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus"
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze select passages in "Frankenstein" through specific literary lenses as they prepare to compose an analytical essay for their respective lenses.

Big Idea: "I shall commit my thoughts to paper." the Creature in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

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English / Language Arts, Literary Criticism (Writing), Literature, British literature, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Timed Writing
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