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Title: Weird Science


1
Weird Science
  • Cross-Curricular Teaching of Frankenstein

2
How did we get to this point?
  • Disease lottery (physician heal thyself)
  • Scientist study and projects
  • Science firsts (create a timeline)
  • Basic life science studies (using cell, DNA, and
    skeleton models)

3
Lab
  • Hands on activity to show how our genetics make
    us who we are
  • Marshmallow Meiosis (Rebop)
  • Human Genome Project

4
Mary Shelleys Life Influences
  • Life
  • Death
  • Tragedy
  • Dreams

5
Science Fiction Defined
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Modern science fiction is the only form of
    literature that consistently considers the nature
    of the changes that face us, the possible
    consequences, and the possible solutions.
  • That branch of literature which is concerned with
    the impact of scientific advance upon human
    beings.
  • (1952)

6
Hollywoods Versions of Frankenstein
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Boris Karloff
  • Veggie Tales

7
The Story
  • Victor Frankenstein creates a monster from grave
    digging for body parts
  • He animates it with electricity
  • Frankenstein immediately abandons the creation
    out of fear
  • The monster accidentally kills Frankensteins
    brother

8
The Story Continues
  • The monster has feelings, confronts Victor, and
    wants a female companion
  • The monster begins the narration and shows his
    need for friendship, love, and revenge
  • Victor dies seeking the monster
  • The monster goes into the Arctic to die alone

9
Ethics
  • Debate based on current knowledge
  • What would you do to keep yourself or a loved one
    alive?
  • What is morally ok in the world of medicine?
  • How do you justify experimenting on animals and
    humans?

10
Controversial Science
  • Xenograft- Baby Fae, Jeff Getty
  • Abortion
  • Vaccinations
  • Visible Human Project
  • The National Bioethics Advisory Committee (2001)
  • Organ Transplants
  • Blood transfusions

11
Current Controversies
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Cloning
  • Genetic Manipulation
  • Fertility Treatments

12
Bioethics Committee
  • In groups students select a current controversy
    and determine the ethically correct course of
    action and guidelines for appropriate use of the
    technology.
  • Class creates a list of guidelines by reviewing
    individual group lists and generating a consensus.

13
Final Assessments
  • Literary analysis illustrating one of the themes
  • Essay must illustrate the theme using text from
    the book and research related to science,
    technology, ethics, and/or modern film
    adaptations.
  • Frankenstein Soundtrack
  • Burned CD or tape must include 5 songs, lyrics,
    and explanation as to why each song represents
    the novel.
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