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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Lesson Plans

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature presents the following lesson plans for the educators in middle- and high-schools. Each lesson plan provides suggested instructional guides and materials that an educator may adapt in whole or in parts as he or she deems most appropriate for the students' interest, level, and academic goals. The lesson plans contain background information, relevant academic topics, national standards, learning outcomes, step-by-step procedures, and all instructional materials that include several historical primary sources.

Middle School Lesson Plan

Electricity, Frankenstein, and the Spark of Life is prepared for 6-8 grade classes. In this lesson, students explore how Mary Shelley's horror science fiction published in 1818, reflect the increasing knowledge and hopes about electricity in her time. Students read and view the excerpts from Frankenstein novel and its 1931 film, where there are references to electricity. Afterwards student learn about Galvanism and Luigi Galvani whose experiments and observations on electricity and muscle contractions ignited imagination and work of many scientists in late 18th century.

High School Lesson Plan

"It's Alive!": Frankenstein and the Limits of Medical Research is appropriate for students in 9-12 grades. In this lesson, students are guided to address the questions, "What is acceptable scientific advance?" and "What is the role of an individual in determining acceptability of a scientific endeavor?" Students reflect on these questions and formulate their own responses to them after examining how Dr. Frankenstein and his science are depicted using excerpts from the novel and a short clip of the 1931 film Frankenstein as well as how the acceptability of a scientific work is debated in the online exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secretes of Nature.

The lesson plans have been developed in collaboration with the following classroom teachers, who reviewed and provided valuable comments for finalizing the lessons. These teacher reviewers are Terence Nickie from Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (Boulder, CO), Scott Allen at Monarch High School (Boulder, CO), and Janet Collier at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital (Washington, D.C.).