Frankenstein webquest

 

Frankenstein WebQuest

 

 

Introduction:

 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is considered the very first science fiction story.  What does that mean and why is science fiction such an important part of our literary experience?

 

Why has the Frankenstein monster become a part of our collective understanding?  Why are we so afraid of the monster? 

 

We need to develop our prior knowledge about Mary Shelley and the gothic style she uses.  We need to understand some of the science behind the Frankenstein story. We need to explore the human fascination with death and our own desires to prolong life.

 

You will be working in a group to produce a power point presentation about one of these topics.   Each group will become the expert on their topic and share the most important information with the class.  The class will be responsible for all of the information presented.  Completed webpages will be posted on my webpage for your reference.

 

Topics:

1. Mary Shelley

2. Gothic Literature

3. The science of the Frankenstein monster

4. The Prometheus Myth

5. Themes of Frankenstein

6. The Frankenstein Story

7. What is science fiction?

8. The depiction of Frankenstein in Art, Film, TV, and music.

 

 

You will be given two days in the computer lab to gather information and produce a power point.

You must include a list of sources with your power point on the last slide (eleventh.)

 

 

Topics explained:

 

Mary Shelley is an unusual woman from an unusual family.  Research her life and how the story of Frankenstein came about.  What challenges did Shelley face in her life that might have influenced her writing.  What was unique about her life that might have influenced her work?   What is unusual about Shelley and her writing?

 

Suggested sources:

Books and Writers

The Literature Network

Image Results for Mary Shelley

 

Gothic Literature is a specific form of literature that lends itself to the Frankenstein story.  Include information about the time period, writing style, conventions, and subject matter of the Gothic Novel.

 

Suggested sources:

The Gothic Experience

The Gothic Novel

Frankenstein as Gothic Novel

 

 

The Science of the Frankenstein Monster is based in the fact of the time.  Research theories on the regeneration of life.  For something to be science fiction there needs to be an element of possibility.   The science is there to support the story.  What science is the foundation of the novel Frankenstein? How do scientists view these concepts today?

 

Suggested sources:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Science or science Fiction

Frankenstein Science

Galvanism

A Monstrous Notion

 

The Prometheus Myth is Mary Shelley’s alternative title for the novel.   Find out what the Prometheus myth is and how it might relate to Frankenstein’s monster.

 

Suggested sources:

Prometheus

Frankenstein and the Prometheus Myth

 


 

Themes of Frankenstein.  A theme is a universal truth understood by all men.   Examine possible themes suggested by Mary Shelley and explore how they are supported by the novel.  What makes these themes universal?

 

Suggested sources:

Major Themes in Frankenstein

Themes in Frankenstein

 

 

The Frankenstein Story is really three stories, one inside the other.   Discover the basic story line and main characters.   Create a plot chart for the class.

 

Suggested sources:

Frankenstein Book Notes Summary

Frankenstein Study Guide

Frankenstein Character List

 

What is science fiction?  Frankenstein is the first science fiction story.  What makes it science fiction?  Develop a definition of science fiction and evaluate Frankenstein as a science fiction story.

 

Suggested sources:

Introduction to Science Fiction

Answers.com

What is Science Fiction?

 

The depiction of Frankenstein and his monster in art, film, tv, and music. How has the monster been portrayed throughout time in art, film, and even music? How have modern attitudes changed regarding the monster? Does Frankenstein and his monster hold the same horror that it once did? Why is that?

Suggested sources:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/frankenstein/Pop/movies.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/20028/38-facts-frankenstein-including-aerosmith-song-it-inspired-and-reason-munsters-never

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/frankenstein-all-how-pop-culture-has-celebrated-monster

 

 

 

 

The Final Product:

The final product will be a power point presentation for the class that is 10 to 13 slides long.

All group members will present the information.

All direct quotes and pictures are cited using MLA format. A list of sources is included as the last slide of the power point.

 

Print this paper and turn it in the day of your presentation along with a print out of your power point.

 

Group Names: ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

Class Period: ____________________________________

                        

 

Rubric:

Power Point:

20

15

10

5

Accurate Information

 

 

 

 

Presentation: Follows power point rules

 

 

 

 

Conventions:

(grammar)

 

 

 

 

 

MLA

 

 

 

 

Presentation:

Eye contact, participation

 

 

 

 

Total Points

 

 

 

 

 

                                                100 points possible ___________________

 

 

 

 

 

Frankenstein WebQuest

 

 

Introduction:

 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is considered the very first science fiction story.  What does that mean and why is science fiction such an important part of our literary experience?

 

Why has the Frankenstein monster become a part of our collective understanding?  Why are we so afraid of the monster? 

 

We need to develop our prior knowledge about Mary Shelley and the gothic style she uses.  We need to understand some of the science behind the Frankenstein story. We need to explore the human fascination with death and our own desires to prolong life.

 

You will be working in a group to produce a power point presentation about one of these topics.   Each group will become the expert on their topic and share the most important information with the class.  The class will be responsible for all of the information presented.  Completed webpages will be posted on my webpage for your reference.

 

Topics:

1. Mary Shelley

2. Gothic Literature

3. The science of the Frankenstein monster

4. The Prometheus Myth

5. Themes of Frankenstein

6. The Frankenstein Story

7. What is science fiction?

8. The depiction of Frankenstein in Art, Film, TV, and music.

 

 

You will be given two days in the computer lab to gather information and produce a power point.

You must include a list of sources with your power point on the last slide (eleventh.)

 

 

Topics explained:

 

Mary Shelley is an unusual woman from an unusual family.  Research her life and how the story of Frankenstein came about.  What challenges did Shelley face in her life that might have influenced her writing.  What was unique about her life that might have influenced her work?   What is unusual about Shelley and her writing?

 

Suggested sources:

Books and Writers

The Literature Network

Image Results for Mary Shelley

 

Gothic Literature is a specific form of literature that lends itself to the Frankenstein story.  Include information about the time period, writing style, conventions, and subject matter of the Gothic Novel.

 

Suggested sources:

The Gothic Experience

The Gothic Novel

Frankenstein as Gothic Novel

 

 

The Science of the Frankenstein Monster is based in the fact of the time.  Research theories on the regeneration of life.  For something to be science fiction there needs to be an element of possibility.   The science is there to support the story.  What science is the foundation of the novel Frankenstein? How do scientists view these concepts today?

 

Suggested sources:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Science or science Fiction

Frankenstein Science

Galvanism

A Monstrous Notion

 

The Prometheus Myth is Mary Shelley’s alternative title for the novel.   Find out what the Prometheus myth is and how it might relate to Frankenstein’s monster.

 

Suggested sources:

Prometheus

Frankenstein and the Prometheus Myth

 


 

Themes of Frankenstein.  A theme is a universal truth understood by all men.   Examine possible themes suggested by Mary Shelley and explore how they are supported by the novel.  What makes these themes universal?

 

Suggested sources:

Major Themes in Frankenstein

Themes in Frankenstein

 

 

The Frankenstein Story is really three stories, one inside the other.   Discover the basic story line and main characters.   Create a plot chart for the class.

 

Suggested sources:

Frankenstein Book Notes Summary

Frankenstein Study Guide

Frankenstein Character List

 

What is science fiction?  Frankenstein is the first science fiction story.  What makes it science fiction?  Develop a definition of science fiction and evaluate Frankenstein as a science fiction story.

 

Suggested sources:

Introduction to Science Fiction

Answers.com

What is Science Fiction?

 

The depiction of Frankenstein and his monster in art, film, tv, and music. How has the monster been portrayed throughout time in art, film, and even music? How have modern attitudes changed regarding the monster? Does Frankenstein and his monster hold the same horror that it once did? Why is that?

Suggested sources:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/frankenstein/Pop/movies.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/20028/38-facts-frankenstein-including-aerosmith-song-it-inspired-and-reason-munsters-never

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/frankenstein-all-how-pop-culture-has-celebrated-monster

 

 

 

 

The Final Product:

The final product will be a power point presentation for the class that is 10 to 13 slides long.

All group members will present the information.

All direct quotes and pictures are cited using MLA format. A list of sources is included as the last slide of the power point.

 

Print this paper and turn it in the day of your presentation along with a print out of your power point.

 

Group Names: ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

                        ____________________________________

Class Period: ____________________________________

                        

 

Rubric:

Power Point:

20

15

10

5

Accurate Information

 

 

 

 

Presentation: Follows power point rules

 

 

 

 

Conventions:

(grammar)

 

 

 

 

 

MLA

 

 

 

 

Presentation:

Eye contact, participation

 

 

 

 

Total Points

 

 

 

 

 

                                                100 points possible ___________________