Lesson Plan

Science and Frankie

Introduction To Frankenstein And The Issue Of Scientific Exploration
Holly B.
Technology coordinator
Show More
My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to analyze the language and rhetoric in non-fiction articles about the issue of science exploration and will be able to relate it to their fiction reading and analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 9 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook: Has Science gone too far?

Watch clips of this video from the NYTimes about Dolly, the first cloned mammal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tELZEPcgKkE Have students discuss if they think that Science has gone too far. Prompt students to begin to relate this example of scientific exploration to the scientific exploration of Victor Frankenstein.

2 Rotation #1: Analysis of Language

1. Find a passage in Frankenstein relating to science, the love of science, and/or the dangers of science. 2. Take a picture of the passage. 3. Load it into EduCreations and annotate the passage. 4. Take a screen shot when you're finished and post in this folder. 5. Reply to your post describing the meaning of the passage. 6. Also describe Shelley's diction, syntax, and tone in the passage.

3 Rotation 2: Synthetic Life

1. Read the attached article and infographic and watch the video.
2. Summarize the main ideas from these sources.
3. Discuss with your group the implications of creating life.
4. Post 3 implications (good or bad) of creating life as a reply to this post.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/21/venter.qa/

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/07/28/science/28life-graphic.html?ref=science

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/science/28life.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&&gwh=72F8E05D2A730A6764CA2197D30D7EB8&gwt=pay

4 Rotation 3: Elixir of Life

1. Read the attached articles.
2. Summarize the main ideas from these sources.
3. Discuss with your group the implications of creating life.
4. Post 3 implications (good or bad) of extending life as a reply to this post.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/9660827/Elixir-of-life-could-be-real-according-to-British-experts.html

http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/alchemy/stone.html

5 Station 4: Visual Notetaking

1. Read Frankenstein with teacher. 2. Take visual notes while reading. Focus on the issue of science exploration, including quotes and citations from the text related to the issue. 3. Stop to analyze quotations together and discuss.

6 Wrap-Up

Have students take a poll:

Has science advanced too far?
Yes
No

Are there limits to science exploration?
Yes
No