Lesson: The Monster Behind the Mask
Author: Natalia Barker
Grade Level: 10 - 12
What is your mental picture when you think of Frankenstein? Is it a green monster with bolts sticking out of his neck? Or maybe you think of a young Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in the hilarious Young Frankenstein. Most of us share a similar visualization of a Halloween-ish creature with his arms sticking out in front of him and a zombie-like glaze over his eyes. The exercises in this lesson are designed to help you learn about the legacy of Frankenstein in our modern culture for comparison with the book as we get to know the real monster behind the mask.
As you read the novel, you will 1. create connections between your personal life and the content of the book. 2. create connections between popular culture and the novel. 3. evaluate the effectiveness of how the book and characters are changed in various productions. 4. analyze how the themes of the novel are present in everyday life. At the end of reading the novel, you will be able to see how Frankenstein's monster has walked out of the page and into our lives.
In this lesson are four activities to be completed at different benchmarks throughout the novel. You will complete the first activity, It's Best to Read a Monster By His Mask, before we begin reading the book. The second activity, It's weird! It's crazy! It's mad! It's science!, needs to be completed after you finish reading chapter five. After we finish chapter sixteen, complete Green and Gross On the Outside, Warm and Fuzzy on the Inside. And when you have completely finished the novel, finish the final task, Does the monster make the man or does the man make the monster? We will be reading and discussing the book in class in addition to completing these activities. We will also talk about these activities and use them in class, so be sure to stay on your reading and complete the activities in a timely manner. Be sure to pay attention to the directions that come with each activity so you know what to write on the computer and what to prepare for class. Have fun!
Directions: Between all this talk about the book's monster and the media's monster, I'm a little confused about what's true for the book. Watching this video really helped me sort out the basics!
Directions: Wow those commercials are hilarious, and now that I'm thinking about it, I can remember a ton of examples of pop culture Frankensteins! This website helped jog my memory. I sure wish I had a bowl of Frankenberry to munch on right now!
Directions: This Wikipedia page provides a lot of information and examples of how Frankenstein has popped up in popular culture. Take a look, but remember how Wikipedia works in popular culture as well. As you think about the information, how is the format and platform itself an example of Shelley's commentary on science and technology in the novel?
Directions: Hmm, after all this talk about Frankenstein, I'm starting to like this Shelley lady. If you want more information about the writer, the novel, or the literary traditions that is came from and began, check out this website. It might give you some good ideas for the activities you do with the novel.