Plot Diagram | Frankenstein Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example Frankenstein Plot Diagram
Victor Frankenstein is found chasing a monster at the North Pole. He meets Captain Walton, who is on a scientific expedition. Victor tells him his life story.
Victor Frankenstein discovered the secret of bringing things to life. He used body parts from a graveyard and assembled a "creature" who came to life. Upon seeing his creation, he ran in fear, deserting it, and became ill. This forced the monster to fend for himself.
The monster searched for companionship and love. Due to his hideous nature, he only found rejection. One day, he stumbled upon a shed attached to a small cottage. He hid there and learned by observing the home's occupants, the De Laceys, through a peephole in the wall. When the day came to reveal himself, they too shrieked in terror, sending the monster into the woods once again. Bitter and hurt, the monster searched for his creator to get revenge.
After killing Frankenstein's younger brother, William, he forces Frankenstein to make him a bride. When Victor breaks his promise, the monster kills his friend, Clerval, and then Victor’s wife, Elizabeth.]
Out of revenge, Frankenstein follows the monster north. It is here that he runs into Walton and his expedition. After telling the crew this unbelievable story, he dies.
The monster comes to pay his last respects and tells Walton that he intends on killing himself by setting himself on fire. In the end, Walton turns his expedition back, partially because his men tell him to, and partially due to the moral of the story: some scientific advancements are not worth the cost.
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Create a visual plot diagram of Frankenstein.
- Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.
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