Although the Frankenstein exhibit is not suited for elementary school-aged children, we didn't want to leave them out of the fun. Through the generous support of an Adams County Arts Council STAR Grant we created a special program for children and supplied 13 area classes with activity kits centering on Marcia Thornton Jones' book, "New Ghoul in School." The book teaches children to accept each other's differences (a story plot similar to "Frankenstein") and after being read the story, students created their own differences by making masks. "Ghoulish" snacks followed.
The Atoms Family
Grades K-8: Site from the Miami Museum
of Science Learning Network with a section on "Frankenstein's
Lightning Laboratory," where simple experiments describe different
forms of electricity--"fruity" and "static"--as
well as teach electrical safety.
Grades 9-12: An in-depth study of Frankenstein and the issues the novel raises. Activities include a mock trial in which the
monster sues his creator, discussion questions, related reading,
Tales of the Supernatural
Grades 10-12: This site
focuses on horror and the Gothic form in the 18th and early 19th
centuries. Students read and discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as
part of the curriculum unit, as well as works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Lessons can be extended to modern-day tales of the supernatural.
themes in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Betty T. Bennett,
Literature Consultant, Frankenstein traveling exhibition project,
and Professor of Literature at American University. (Bennett will speak at Gettysburg College at 7 p.m., Nov.
Teacher Source Websites
Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
The National Library of Medicine presents Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
via the issues of eugenics, interspecies organ transplants, genetic
engineering, and cloning. This site presents the Frankenstein story
in the original novel form and film versions. Shelley's novel written
almost 200 years ago touches on ethical topics we still debate today
about what we consider "acceptable" science?
Subject: Arts and Literature
A Portrait of Mary Shelley. Corbis-Bettmann ©.
Your Genes, Your Choice
Exploring the Issues Raised by Genetic Research
An online version of the book which describes the Human Genome Project. This site presents the science behind the project, and the ethical,
legal, and social issues that are raised by it. The book describes
how scientific progress has made an impact on our daily lives in understandable language. Each chapter presents a
personal story, then describes the scientific background as well
as the ethical issues raised in topics such as genetic counseling,
DNA fingerprinting, and genetic engineering. A glossary is provided.
The book can be viewed on the web or downloaded in pdf format.
Subject: Health and Fitness
Dolan DNA Learning Center
The eugenics movement in the early 1900s was an effort to breed
"better" humans by encouraging people with "good
genes" to reproduce and discouraging those with "bad genes."
At the time, social prejudices influenced scientific study related
to eugenics but those theories have been disproved. Eugenicists
believed races and ethnic groups should be kept separate, immigration
should be restricted, and that people with "unfit" genes
should be sterilized. Images, including primary source documents,
can be searched by subject or keyword. There are Flash and text
versions of the online exhibits. Some language and images may be
Subject: Social Studies
The Doctor's Trial
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
During the Holocaust, Nazi doctors conducted horrific experiments
on thousands of prisoners in the concentration camps, including
children. Experiments subjected people to malaria, hypothermia,
torture, and other atrocities. In 1946, the Nuremberg military
tribunal began criminal proceedings against Nazi physicians for
their participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity.
This site from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents
excerpts from the official trial record, with accompanying photographs.
The Nuremberg Code resulted in a list of principles for permissible
Subject: Science and Technology