The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining the role of the tragic hero and exploring how Victor personifies these features;
- Understanding prevailing attitudes towards religion, ambition, and appearances, and investigating how Victor would have been received considering these ideas;
- Reading and understanding extracts in which Victor's fatal flaws are evident, and considering how they are relevant;
- Analysing how Shelley utilises Victor and his demise to present key messages to readers;
- Linking knowledge of time, place, and author, and relating these to specific areas of the text;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson);
- Mood map - to track Victor's role in the plot and eventual destruction;
- 'Frankenstein's Actions' worksheet;
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.
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Brilliant, great planning
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