Daily Archives: December 18, 2022

Frankenstein Note-Taking Guide for Critical Thinking


This thought-provoking resource encourages students to think critically about the novel to extend their knowledge of themes and how they are developed.  The package is a great alternative to the traditional comprehension questions usually assigned by teachers and invites students to think deeply about the materials read.  The instructional strategy used within these pages is similar to that of a “flipped classroom” created to further engage students in their learning.

Instead of traditional comprehension questions given after chapters, students are given guided note-taking sheets (in Google Docs) where they are prompted on what kind of information to focus on within each chapter. For example, some chapters rely heavily on symbol development while others focus more on character development.  Students will learn how to take effective notes and how to ask effective questions thus developing the novel’s themes.  The second part of the sheet requires students to extend their learning by participating in small group discussions where they learn how to ask Socratic questions, discuss important novel elements in guided discussions, and participate in creative activities to further investigate the characters’ motivations.

Each sheet prompts students on which information to focus their notes on and includes a group activity where students are encouraged to develop their own questions based on the chapters’ thematic focus to deepen their understanding of the intricacies of the novel and the literary elements used to develop themes.  This teaching strategy creates independent and responsible learners.  When students have completed their group work, a guided discussion with the entire class highlights different perspectives on how to analyze Shelley’s classic tale.  

All materials are available in Google Docs and are modifiable.

Students learn how to:

Be independent

Take good notes

Work in a group setting

Ask good questions

Be responsible in their learning

Analyze the novel

Become engaged in their learning

To think critically

Also included:

  • Success criteria, overall expectations, and an evaluation grid are included for teachers who want to evaluate the notes and the group discussions.
  • Peer and Self-Evaluation grids are included for students.
  • Pacing guide for the teacher to help with planning.

This resource also pairs well with my Frankenstein Unit and Frankenstein Workbook. This is a great addition to any unit!

A total of 30 pages.

Check out the preview for a free sample – CLICK HERE FOR A FREE EXCERPT.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thematic Poetry Unit: Editable

Much Ado About Nothing Complete Unit

Poetry Unit for Senior Students

Lord of the Flies Unit – No Prep Required

Hamlet Complete No Prep Unit

Romeo and Juliet – No Prep Unit

Death of a Salesman – No Prep Unit

Wuthering Heights Student Workbook

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

FREE MATH LESSON – “Integer Addition and Subtraction Scavenger Hunt (TEKS 6.3D, 7.3A)”

by Room B214
6th – 7th Grade

This activity will get your students up and moving all while working collaboratively in partners or small groups. Each card has an addition or subtraction question with positive and negative integers. You can use this as an informal assessment after the number operations unit or as a great review before STAAR or a unit test. I also use this activity with my 7th graders to review positive and negative rules before starting our rational number unit.

This activity includes a sheet for students to write their answers and show their work on, as well as a teacher answer key.


6.3D add, subtract integers fluently

7.3A add, subtract rational numbers fluently.

If you are looking for other scavenger hunts, check out:

– Two Step Equations and Inequalities

– Angle Relationships

– Probability of Simple and Compound Events

– Volume of Prisms and Pyramids

– Circumference and Area of Circles

– Area of Composite Figures

– Surface Area of Prisms and Pyramids

All teachers love a good FREE resource, so please rate and tell me what you think in a comment after downloading! Help other teachers just like you find the activities they need for their students.


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