Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Frankenstein, and supports the standard of determining a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display an image of Frankenstein’s monster, like this one from the movie (timestamp: 0:26):

Prompt students to share what they know about Frankenstein from movies or books. Ask:

  • Why do you think Frankenstein’s monster is such a familiar image in popular culture? 


  • Read the description on the Frankenstein topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Way Back When,” “Discoveries and Inventions,” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Frankenstein Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about Frankenstein while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce an interview with Mary Shelley in which she explains how the Enlightenment Period influenced major themes of Frankenstein. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying details from Frankenstein that convey themes related to Romantic ideals. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic in which a character states a theme from Frankenstein.

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