Friday, January 31, 2014

Frankenstein Study Helper

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

People (both fictional and real-life) you should know from Frankenstein:

·      Victor Frankenstein: creator of the creature and protagonist of the story
·      Henry Clerval: Frankenstein's best friend who is murdered by the creature
·      Elizabeth Lavenza: lived with Frankenstein family; married Victor
·      Robert Walton: explorer who met Frankenstein on the Arctic ice
·      Margaret Saville: recipient of a series of letters from her brother, Robert Walton
·      Justine Moritz: wrongly executed for the murder of young William Frankenstein
·      Percy Shelley: famous real-life British poet and Frankenstein author’s husband
·      Felix De Lacey: unknowingly taught the creature to read and write
·      Alphonse Frankenstein: died of grief in his son's arms after learning that Elizabeth was dead
·      Caroline Beaufort: Frankenstein family matriarch; Victor Frankenstein’s mother
·      Mary Shelley: real-life author of the novel Frankenstein; she wrote the story while on vacation with Percy Shelley (her husband) and Lord Byron (her friend) while on vacation in Switzerland; both Percy Shelley and Lord Byron became world-famous British poets.
·      William Frankenstein: a young boy who was the creature's first victim

For the test, be prepared to write an essay to a question similar to the prompt below. We will discuss possible answers in class.

Describe the original personality of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature, and the changes that occurred to the creature’s personality over the course of the novel.
In coming up with an answer, you might want to address the following questions: What was the creature like when he was first “born”? How did he change and why did he change? What was the creature like at the end of the novel? Be sure to mention the name of the novel and the name of the author somewhere in your answer. Also, you should give an example of an incident from the novel as an example that backs up your answer.

While reading and studying Frankenstein over the last few weeks, each student filled out answers to a Study Guide. Use the Study Guide to study for the test. If you lost your Study Guide, it appears below, complete with the answers to all of the questions:

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me talk PRetty oNe Day
By David Sedaris

1. What extended metaphor does Sedaris use to describe the first time his speech therapist came to pull him out of class?

2. What is the author’s purpose in this piece? To persuade, entertain, or inform?

3. What is the tone?

4. How does the tone help achieve the author’s purpose?

5. Please give me three examples of exaggeration in the short story.

6. How do the exaggerations enhance the story?

7. Why does the author italicize the letter S whenever his speech therapist uses it in a word?

8. Even though most students do not attend speech therapy growing up, this story is very relatable. Why?

Reader's Log Starters...

Frankenstein Reading Syllabus with Log Entries for Discussion

Frankenstein Reading Syllabus

RLE = Reading Log Entry

1/15 – Letters 1 & 2 (RLE)
1/16 – Letters 3 & 4
1/17-1/20 – Chapter 1-2 (RLE)
1/21 –Chapter 3
1/22 – Chapter 4
1/23 – Chapter 5 (RLE)
1/24-1/26 – Chapter 6-8 (RLE)
1/27 – Chapter 9
1/28 – Chapter 10
1/29 – Chapter 11 (RLE)
1/30 – Chapter 12  Halfway Quiz
1/31-2/2 – Chapter 13-15 (RLE)
2/3 – Chapter 16
2/4 – Chapter 17 (RLE)
2/5 – Chapter 18
2/6 – Chapter 19 (RLE)
2/7-2/9 – Chapter 20-22
2/10 – Chapter 23 (RLE)
2/11 – Chapter 24 & Walton in Continuation (RLE)
2/12 – Review for test
2/13 – Frankenstein Test

Reading Log Entries       10 @ 25 points each
Halfway Quiz                    100 points
Final Test                           200 points

I Have a Dream Close Read

I Have a Dream

Prior Knowledge: 
Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?  What do you know about him?

What is the central idea of King’s speech?  Support your answer with evidence from the text. 

What three outside historical documents does King explicitly refer to in his speech? 

Create a T-chart listing the injustices King mentions on the left side and the facets of his dream on the right side on the back of this page. (You will need this later).

Explain King's analogy between a financial transaction and the idea of justice.

Why does King keep repeating, “I Have a Dream” throughout his speech?

Find another example of repetition in the speech.  What is the significance of his repeating this word or phrase? 

On a separate sheet of paper:
Choose one significant aspect of King’s dream stated in this speech.  Has this aspect of his dream been fulfilled or delayed?  Write an argument using the text of the speech and one additional piece of research of current events to support your claim.  Use specific evidence from the speech and your source.  (1-page hand written, 40 points).