Activity Overview

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.

Frankenstein Characters

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 &
Justine Moritz
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.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Frankenstein and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the text boxes for Static or Dynamic Character; General Traits; Quote about fear, rejection, or nurturing; and Quote about knowledge, science, or nature.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [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/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
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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