The 8th graders have been reading an amazing abridged version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Some students have even chosen to tackle the original version as an extended learning assignment. This gothic/horror/dystopian novel has lead to some important PBL driving questions:
How do we judge and treat someone who is different?
How should we judge and treat someone who is different?
What issues in the real world have dystopian potential?
In addition to reading the novel, students have been working on a variety of research activities that will ultimately lead to a presentation in the TED Talk style. The TED Talk phenomenon is not without its critics, however, emulating the style is a great way of accomplishing speaking and listening standards that go beyond the traditional presentation.
Individual assignments are posted to google classroom. The following dates are a rough idea of when students will meet each component of the project:
1/12 – Annotated Bibliography Due
1/12 – TED Talk Review Due
1/16 – Frankenstein Reading Group Meeting #2
1/17 Frankenstein Debate
1/18 – Article Review Due
1/19 – TED Talk Outline Due
1/22 – TED Talk Rough Draft Due
1/22 Dystopian Short Story Review Due
1/23 – Frankenstein Group Meeting #3
1/24 – Descriptive Narratives Due
1/25 – TED Talk Presentations
1/25 All Material Uploaded to Dystopian World Weebly Site
As a culminating activity I would like to plan a field trip to the Museum of Man. They have several very relevant exhibits dealing with themes found in Frankenstein. I will provide more informative and a sign up upon approval of the trip.