Essential Questions

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Does society create “monsters” or are “monsters” just born?
  • What is the ethical relationship between “creator” and “creation” and/or parent and child?
  • Are we born as a tabula rasa where society’s expectation sand are individual desires create our identity or are we born with distinct traits?
  • How does one find fulfillment in life?
  • How does reading literature shape and provide insight in our own identity?
  • What are the timeless themes found in Romantic novels?


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Thurs 10/18
Introduction to Romanticism & Poems highlighting the Romantic spirit

Reading Romantic Poetry

  • Wordsworth’s “The World Is Too Much With US”

Fri 10/18
Continue with “The World Is Too Much with Us”

Read Prometheus myth and reading Byron’s “Prometheus”

Mon 10/22

Tues 10/23
Introduction to Frankenstein

HW: Reading Letters I-III

Wed 10/24
Initial understanding for character, romantic characteristics, and structure of the novel

  • What is your sense of Walton?  What does he care about? What is he interested in?
  • What type of language does he use to speak about his cares and interests?
  • What type of tension is established?

In class reading Letter IV

HW:  Chapters I-V (p. 64)

Thurs 10/25

  • What is your sense of Victor?  What does he care about? What is he interested in?
  • What type of language does he use to speak about his cares and interests?
  • What type of tension is established?

Annotations for characters and motifs

HW:  Finish reading V1

Fri 10/26
Finish reviewing annotations

  • Any we should add?

Writing about Volume 1 – What are your thoughts about the first volume?  What details are you paying attention to?  How do these details align with a particular line of inquiry and/or essential question?

HW:  finish reading the texts and annotating for understanding and allusions to Frankenstein

Mon 10/29
Working with allusions

  • What representation of creation do the Biblical passages provide?
  • What is Milton’s representation of Satan?
  • What is Milton’s representation of Adam as he leaves Paradise?

HW: V2 Chapters 1-5-Chapter 3 shifts to the voice of the creature.  Do you sympathize more with Victor or with the creature having heard both perspectives?  Does Shelley suggest we sympathize with one over the other?  How does she do or not do this?  Is she effective?

Tues 10/30
Passage work with allusions

HW: Finish the second volume

Wed 10/31
Dichotomy, duality, both/and in Frankenstein

  • Working with your group, word map and brainstorm some of the dichotomies and dualities present in the text.  Use the paper to think and explore the relationships Shelley is exploring and what she might be suggesting about those relationships.  Look at and identify places in the text where her language highlights an idea about one or more of those relationships.

HW:  Review the Q1 Reflection for in class writing on Monday

Thurs 11/1

Fri 11/2
Writing the Q1 Reflection

HW:  Reading and annotating V3 I-IV (or through Chapter 21) – Be sure to identify important quotes and passages.  We’ll be working with them on Thursday

Mon 11/5
Writing as the Other

HW: Finish volume three for Thursday’s class

Wed 11/7
Writing as the Other

Thurs 11/8
Sharing the “Writing as the Other” pieces

Criticism and preparing for Socratic Seminar

Choose one of the following criticisms to read and annotate for tomorrow’s class

  • “Electrical Romanticism” by Jane Goodall
  • “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein” by Anne K. Mellor
  • Frankenstein, The True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques” by Lawrence Lipking
  • “Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism” by George Levine and “Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril” by Anne K. Mellor
    • What ideas from the reading would you want to address with your group in discussion tomorrow?
    • What questions does the criticism lead you to ask about your reading of Frankenstein?

HW: Coming to class with read and annotated criticism.  In your notebooks, 2 discussion questions related to your criticism,

Fri 11/9
Creating discussion 3 discussion questions and selecting 1 passage

Socratic Seminar 1

Mon 11/12
Socratic Seminar 2

HW:  Reflection

Tues 11/13
Writing Reflection: What was the feedback on my first essay?  What will I focus on in this essay?

Proposal and thesis

HW:  Working on the outline

Wed 11/14

Thurs 11/15
Outlining and writing the introduction for tomorrow’s class

HW:  Bring a printed copy of your intro and outline for tomorrow’s class

Fri 11/16
Book talks for next unit

Choosing Books

Identity Poems and revisiting the self-portrait

Essay due Tuesday 12/4 at the beginning of class on Classroom and