As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details can become more important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students can record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties that make reading more enjoyable!
Using a character map for Frankenstein is even more beneficial. It allows students to record the nuances of characteristics that create "foil" characters. The information that they record will help them to return and review personalities that contrast. The ability to visually see this helps students create connections and makes understanding concepts easier.
|Victor Frankenstein||Protagonist whose scientific discovery led to the creation of a "monster".|
|The Monster||The creature Frankenstein created is eight feet tall and has the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a human being. After being rejected by his creator and others in society, he turns to murder to get revenge on Victor, the person he holds responsible.|
|William Frankenstein &
|The younger brother of Victor, the first victim of the monster, and the maid framed for William’s death.|
|Elizabeth||Victor's cousin, whom he marries. She is killed because Victor will not make a bride for his monster.|
|Walton||An explorer who finds Victor near death and hears his story. Walton's recollections open and close the novel.|
|Henry Clerval||Victor’s best friend and narrative foil; he is cheerful and optimistic.|
|The De Lacey Family||Felix and Agatha are former French aristocrats. The monster learns from them by watching them through a peephole for over a year.|
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Character MapCommon Core Standards
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Create a character map for the major characters.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
| Proficient |
| Emerging |
| Beginning |
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.
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