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“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley Essay

Your summer read is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This book is available at the Chandler High School Library, the Chandler Public Library, or you may choose to buy your own copy. Please read the following documents carefully. This file includes the assignments you will need to complete along with the summer reading. Some of the assignments have different due dates. You must complete the following:

 Academic Vocabulary – begin prior to reading the novel to help you understand the historical context and the structure of the novel. Due first day back.  Dialectical Journal – a dialectical journal is a “discussion” with the text. You will be responsible for creating a total of 7 dialectical journals on the novel. See the directions for further information. Due within your first week back – please consult your teacher for the exact date.  Literary Reflection – you will be completing a literary analysis on some aspects of the novel. For these responses you will need to cite textual evidence (quotes/passages from the novel) and analyze how these quotes prove your claim. The following assignment is optional:

 Study Guide – recommended to aid with comprehension but not required. (The study guide is not included in this packet – please consult website) Vocabulary Directions: Before reading look up the following terms to help you better understand the novel. DUE ON THE FIRST DAY BACK. Gothic Novel (be sure to look at gothic novels in the time that Frankenstein was written) Romantic Literary Movement
Epistolary Structure
Frame Structure
Frankenstein Dialectical Journal
The term “Dialectic” means “the art or practice of arriving at the truth by using conversation involving question and answer. Think of your dialectical journal as a series of conversations with the texts we read during this course. The process is meant to help you develop a better understanding of the texts we read. ASSIGNMENT: Create a dialectical journal for Frankenstein. Journal entries may be typed entries (12 point, approved font) or neatly handwritten in blue or black ink. Each entry must have a passage from the novel and a response to each passage. The sections and number of entries are as follows:

Letters 1-4 (Walton’s POV) – 1 entry
Chapter 1-10 (Victor’s POV) – 2 entries
Chapter 11-16 (Creature’s POV) – 2 entries
Chapter 17-24 (Victor / Walton’s POV) – 2 entries
For each dialectical journal per section (7 total), please consider the following:

As you read, choose passages that stand out to you and record them in the left-hand column of a T-chart (ALWAYS include page numbers).

ook for quotes that seem significant, powerful, and/or thought provoking. o Effective &/or creative use of stylistic or literary devices o Structural shifts or turns in the plot

A passage that makes you realize something you hadn’t seen before
Examples of patterns: recurring images, symbols or motifs.
Passages that illustrate a particular character
Identify, discuss and track the development of a particular theme

In the right column, write your response to the text (ideas/insights, questions, reflections, and comments on each passage) EXAMPLE DIALECTICAL JOURNAL

Passage from the text and correct MLA citation
Student’s comments and/or questions
“My affection for my guest increases every day. He excites at once my admiration and my pity to an astonishing degree. How can I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery without feeling the most poignant grief? He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated, and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with rapidity and unparalleled eloquence” (19). It is obvious that Robert Walton yearns to find someone to talk to that will understand him and be a true friend. But, why does he call Victor Frankenstein a “creature”?

Also, “choice art” makes me think about what art is available regarding Frankenstein the monster and the novel. I wonder how many artists have drawn or used Frankenstein as inspiration for their work, especially after the movie was made in 1931. Will investigate Frankenstein and art. And, will also watch the movie or movies. I wonder how the movie compares to the novel. Saw the movie – it is drastically different. (102 words) Literary

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