Frankenstein – Frankenfolio
Part 1: Chapter Presentation/ Discussion: Each group is responsible to lead a class discussion on each assigned chapters.  Create group notes and discussion on the following criteria and be sure to cite page numbers from the book to support your ideas. Your notes/presentations must include:

  1. Summary of the chapters
  2. Discuss of themes, plot, and character development
  3. Include two significant quotes and explain why they represent the chapter
  4. Major events and conflict – detail how the events in the chapter relate to the rest of the novel
  5. Ties to science fiction

****Presentations are peer and teacher evaluated and awarded to the entire group.
Assignments                                        Names in groups
Group 1:   Chapters 1-4                       _______________________________________________
Group 2:   Chapters 5-9                      _______________________________________________
Group 3:    Chapters 10-13      _______________________________________________
Group 4:  Chapters 14-17        _______________________________________________
Group 5:  Chapters 18-21        _______________________________________________
Group 6:  Chapters 22-24        _______________________________________________
Reading, discussion and presentations:
Presentations                           Due date
Chapters 1-4                            _______________________
Chapters 5-9                            _______________________
Chapters 10-13                        _______________________
Chapters 14- 17                       _______________________
Chapters 18-21                        _______________________
Chapters 22- final letter          _______________________
***Be sure to turn in your notes for the group each the end of each chapter presentation. Each member of your group must turn in a copy of the notes – be sure to include the works cited otherwise they will result in a “0” on the assignment.
 Book Citation: Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2004. Print.
Part 2: Mini-Lecture Presentations and research notes       Due _______________________
In your group, sign up for one of the following topics and teach a 3 to 5 minute lesson to the class.  You and your peers are required to have:

  1. Create an annotated (cited) set of notes for the lesson presented (a front and back fact sheet about your topic including sources for your research). Must include/discuss the following:
    1. Define concept
    2. Give historical significance
    3. Relation to romantic period – define certain characteristics that represent self-discovery
    4. Relation to Frankenstein
    5. Relation to modern ideas, media, literature
    6. Include parenthetical citations and works cited on slides/presentation using at least three (3) additional sources in addition to the novel Frankenstein
  1. Incorporate at least one audio-visual component (prezi, pictures, video clip, PowerPoint, slide rocket, etc.)
  1. Incorporate an interactive/assessment component/activity (class game, quiz, guided activity, etc.).

Lessons are in order of presentation (taking place beginning week 2 of novel study):

  1. _________ The Life of Mary Shelley and Dangerous Knowledge in Frankenstein – what in her life lead to her creation of Frankenstein?
  1. _________ The Advent of Science Fiction and Frame Narrative in Frankenstein – how does a new genre of literature derive from science fiction? Why?
  1. __________ How has Frankenstein been depicted in artwork and film over the years? How do these depictions relate to Shelley’s original work?
  1. __________ Prometheus, Gothic Horror and other allusions in Frankenstein – How does Greek mythology and the idea of the epic hero (or failure of the hero) play a major role in the story of Frankenstein?
  1. __________ Grave robbing – Victor stole body parts to make his creation. How much of a problem was grave robbing during the eighteenth century? Why? What were the punishments?
  1. __________  There were many advances in medicine during the 1800’s. What were some of the latest techniques and discoveries? How do these discoveries relate to the ideas presented in Frankenstein?

Define: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Time period: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Ties to Romantic period: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Ties to Frankenstein:
Ties to modern media, literature, etc.
Works cited: (at least 3 additional outside sources – database references only)___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Part 3: Final Culminating activity – essay  

Due date:
Final project – ***this activity is an individual project and not created by the group.
Choose one of the following topics for your final essay. Create a well devised and discussed topic.

  1. How is Frankenstein the novel to a Greek tragedy, especially as it develops the themes of ambition, overreaching, hubris (“overweening pride”). Which characters display these “epic” flaws?
  2. “Mary Shelley in Frankenstein clearly comes down on the side of nurture in the Nature-versus-Nurture controversy.” Attack or defend.
  3. How do the passages relating to happiness and beauty fall within the novel, and how to they occur in relation to those of darkness? Look for such terms as lovely, beautiful, beauty, pleasure, delight, joy, delighted, enchanted, gay, and happy and contrast them with terms such as ugly, disconsolate, melancholy.
  4. Is Frankenstein a Gothic novel? Why or why not? What elements of the Gothic does it contain? Metonymy of gloom? Tyrannical male? Others?
  5. In classical and neoclassical doctrine, the “greatest of all contests” was the struggle of reason to control passion. In the nineteenth century, passion began to rise in esteem against reason. Feelings were more important. Yet the contest seems to continue. What elements of that struggle do you find in the novel? The characters of Victor and the monster are especially relevant to look at.
  6. “Victor Frankenstein and the monster share the same personality. Like father, like son.” Attack or defend.

You are creating and analytical essay – analyzing the importance of your ideas as they are revealed in the text of the book, therefore your main source for this essay is the novel. You are required to use the novel to support your ideas and must include quoted citations as support as well as other examples from the content of the novel to support your point. Your essay must clearly discuss the topic you choose and prove your point with examples from the text.

  1. Must be a thorough discussion of your topic – a complete analysis of your topic in relation to Frankenstein
  2. Include work cited page and parenthetical citations
  3. Must include considerable reference and quotations from the novel to support your ideas (minimum of 6 quotes)
  4. Be sure to cite any sources for definition, etc.
  5. Adhere to MLA

Rough Draft due :                                                       Final draft due: