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Just because you can, should you? Reflections on the ethics and limits of medical research are prompted by a reading of excerpts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, viewing of clips from the 1931 film, and examining sections of the online exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secretes of Nature. The resource contains two detailed plans: “Electricity, Frankenstein, and the Spark of Life,” for middle school, and “’It’s Alive!’: Frankenstein and the Limits of Medical Research,” for high school classrooms. A great cross-curricular plan.
Students complete close reading and analysis activities for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In this literature analysis lesson plan, students complete multiple close reading and analysis activities to evaluate the 19th century story.
Scary stuff! Whether approached as the first horror story or a "serious imaginative exploration of the human condition," Frankenstein continues to engage readers. Here's a packet of activities that uses Mary Shelley's gothic novel to launch an examination of supernatural tales. Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe offer groups an opportunity to examine the distinguishing features of this genre.
In this online interactive literature activity, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Students may check some of their answers online.
New Review Don't Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1
"Who is more human? Victor Frankenstein or the nameless monster he created?" This, according to the narrator of a two-part presentation on Frankenstein, is the essential question. The video begins with a summary of the action of the novel and then posits that Mary Shelley's tale reveals that seeking knowledge is a way of becoming human.
New Review Frankenstein Part II
Part 2 of the course on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein takes up the issue of the viewing the text as an example of the romantic novel, a format that causes the reader to consider difficult questions. The narrator asks viewers to consider why Frankenstein's experiment failed. Was it because Frankenstein's aims were evil? Was it because he could not love his creation, or because he lets his ego dictate his motivations? Viewers are invited to post their responses to these very significant questions.
Twelfth graders consider the themes in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. They discuss the themes of beauty, revenge, pursuit of knowledge, ambition, science, conflict with parent and child, friendship, and nature. They search newspapers to find examples of these themes and compare them to Shelley's life and the novel.
Who was Percy Shelley, and what is he famous for? Your class will be surprised at his rather promiscuous past. Detailed here is a brief account of his life and relationships in a general timeline format. The presentation also highlights Mary Shelley's successful writing career.
Students develop literary interpretive skills by reading works by Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. Students become familiar with characteristics of horror or mystery literary work, and write essays explaining their understanding and/or interpretations of stories or poems.
Start by discussing the fundamentals of Romanticism, and then discuss some of its characteristics in poetry and literature. On slide 18, learners are introduced to Mary Shelley, famous for her work, Frankenstein. By slide 23, the viewers get a glimpse into the characters and plot line of the novel. Then, The Bride of Frankenstein is introduced. Discussion questions throughout the 59-slide PowerPoint prompt viewers into discussion.
Gothic novel. Horror story. Science fiction. All these labels have been applied to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If this classic tale is part of your curriculum, consider introducing the novel with a presentation that includes background on Shelley, romanticism, the Age of Reason, and gothic novels. The colorful images and essential questions are sure to engage your class.
Before your high schoolers embark on the journey of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, provide them with this prereading activity. Independently, they respond to seven statements that connect with the novel. For example, they must decide if they truly believe that "Everyone has a hidden monster inside of them." Then, as they read, they determine how the author views each statement and takes notes.
The convoluted life (and loves) of Mary Shelley is the focus of a text-heavy, and at times confusing, presentation about the famous writer. Illustrations of Shelley and her circle of friends are included.
High schoolers examine the novel "Frankenstein" for examples of cloning. They relate the story to the ethics of cloning and genetics today. They also compare the text with films that have been made about the novel.
Students investigate how literature may evolve over time. In this Frankenstein lesson, students watch a video based on the original novel and stories that have followed it. Students then participate in a mock trial that requires them to consider how perceptions may affect the way characters are represented by various people. Extension activities are included with this lesson.
Why study European Enlightenment? Because our governing forefathers and constitution were shaped by their words and philosophies. Presented here are facts and achievements of 8 different figures from the enlightened era. Also included is are a series of slides dedicated to explaining the context and climate that shaped the story Frankenstein which kids might find really cool.
Who was Mary Shelley? With this PowerPoint, viewers learn about her life before releasing Frankenstein. But how was the gothic novel created? Your class will also learn about some of the influences that helped Mary create her famous piece of literature. Relatively short and sweet, this resources offers a solid introduction to the novel.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Written by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein is about a crazy scientist and his creation. Ease your class's difficulty reading the text by focusing on challenging vocabulary words. Twenty new vocabulary words are introduced through two activities. Example words include celestial, acute, alloyed, and waft. Although the resource is titled list two, page numbers nor chapters are listed.
Rock stars are cool, but not as cool as the ones from the nineteenth century Romantic Movement. Present critical biographical information on the big three, Byron, Shelly, and Keats, before you dive into analysis of their major poems. The information is solid, written with flair, and has informative images. Add in some ideas about Romanticism's aims and goals and turn this into a larger powerhouse of knowledge.