The students will have enough background information to read Frankenstein to analyze character motivations and how Shelley uses her father's philosophy as a background for the novel.
The students will know what to look for as they read the novel in order to gather evidence to discuss themes.
An introduction to Frankenstein for my students.
Watch my introductory comments on Frankenstein.
After you watch, write down a question or two that occurred to you--or a question that someone else might have about Frank. Bring these to class on the due date for the first section of the novel.
Why, you might ask, are we reading Paradise Lost and Frankenstein at the same time? PL is all in class. Frank is outside of class for one. Secondly, PL is largely background material for our purposes (I know that is like some kind of English teacher sin--third ring or something for me!). Thirdly, we HAVE to get Frank in here and now or we will wind up with like a week-and-a-half for Hamlet, and that really would be a tragedy!
Also, watch this video on YouTube advertising a stage play of the novel. The play starred Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock in Elementary and Sherlock in Sherlock--funny ol' world ain't it). The two actors flipped the roles every night so one would be Victor and the other the Monster, and then they'd switch the next night of performance. The video edits together a discussion between creature and creator with the actors switching roles all throughout. It's brief but just awesome!