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Frankenstein Resources  For Teachers

Original art by Jim Ramos ©
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.

Sites By Grade

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.

Discovery School
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, web links.

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.

Discussion Questions

Major humanities 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. 10.)

PBS Teacher Source Websites

Frankenstein Exhibit
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

Eugenics Archive
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 offensive.
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 human experiments.
Subject: Science and Technology