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Frankenstein

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Mankind has always wanted to know more. More about the world around him, more about what makes life work, more about how to advance as a species. Mary Shelly wrote the novel Frankenstein in 1815 as a precautionary tale about man's obsession with scientific advances. How on earth could a book nearly 200 years old have anything to say to us here in the 21st century? This unit will answer that question.

 

By the end of this unit, you should:

 

KNOW 

  • The characters of Frankenstein
  • The author of Frankenstein
  • That present-day people involved in science read this book and are influenced by it
  • The themes of insanity, destiny, the creation of life and personal responsibility
  • Vocabulary from the text of the book as well as: gene, genome, artificial intelligence, transplant
  • The task of the Human Genome Project (mapping the human genome) 

 

UNDERSTAND 

  • With great power comes great responsibility
  • Our actions have consequences
  • The creator’s responsibilities toward the creation 

 

BE ABLE TO DO 

  • Recognize current trends in scientific exploration
  • Make ethical decisions about current scientific advances
  • Identify the themes and characters of the novel Frankenstein
  • Write an essay exploring one of the themes of the novel
  • Explain how science fiction is a warning for the future

 

 

Copies of the text:

 

Project Gutenberg - HTML document allows you to read the novel online. Includes hyperlinks so you can jump directly to the chapter you're looking for. 

 

Project Gutenberg -- other formats, including Kindle and EPUB, for ebook readers and other devices 

 

Etext -- enhanced text. Has word definitions and notes for difficult passages. Hover your mouse over underlined words to get their definitions.

 

Classroom materials:

 

Study guides

 

Journal questions 

 

Project grid

 

mary shelley.ppt PowerPoint biography of the author's life

 

Frankenstein SmartNotebook file -- You will need to download the file, go to Notebook Express and choose "Open an Exisiting File". Then choose the file on your computer to view it.

 

More Information & Resources:

 

How many times has Frankenstein been made into a movie? 

 

Comic strip creator

 

Jeopardy game created by M. Wilson 



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