Frankenbuddies Project – 2015
For your project, you and your groupmembers will choose one of the following perspectives through which to explore the ideas related to Frankenstein.
Choose one defining characteristic of Frankenstein: Gothicism, Romanticism, tragic elements, or science fiction.
Research the characteristic and identify at least four qualities within Frankenstein that fit that characteristic. (For ex., Gothicism features the supernatural)
Find a movie, book, or poem that also shares these four qualities. (For ex., “The Raven” also has supernatural elements)
Create a 6-8 minute presentation in which you explain the defining characteristic and how Frankenstein shares this characteristic with the movie/book/poem of your choice.
Create a poster/sculpture/diorama that features a mashup of elements from both texts (be creative!)
Share your presentation and visual with the class on your assigned day. The rest of the class will be responsible for critiquing your presentation and asking questions related to your topic.
Frankenstein is a story that cautions people against pushing the boundaries of nature – physical, emotional, and even moral consequences could result. Find a real life story about someone who, like Victor Frankenstein, pushed the boundaries of nature (For ex., cloning, GMO’s, space travel).
Create a 6-8 minute presentation in which you first explain the real-life story and then compare the pro’s and con’s of Victor’s achievement with the pro’s and con’s of the real-life achievement.
Create a 2-3 page newspaper depicting the events of the Frankenstein story if they had been known to the public at the time. Re-imagine the different plot points of the novel as newspaper articles/editorials (like the nonfiction one you read).
Share your presentation and newspaper with the class on your assigned day. The rest of the class will be responsible for critiquing your presentation and asking questions related to your topic.
Point Breakdown:Project Schedule:
Presentation: 50 ptsProject Outlines Due: 12/3
Visual / Newspaper: 50 ptsLaptop Work Day: 12/4
Group Participation 10 ptsLibrary Work Day: 12/7
Time logs: 15 ptsLaptop Work Day: 12/9
Total: 125 ptsPresentations Begin: 12/10
Audience Participation SheetGroup Name / Presentation Title / Score (A+ - F) / Remarks/Questions
Rubric for Presentation:Points Possible / 50 pts / 40 pts / 30 pts / 20 pts / 10 pts
Time / Presentation is at least 6 full minutes long / Presentation is about 5 minutes long / Presentation is about 4
minutes long / Presentation is 2-3 minutes long / Presentation is less than 2 minutes long
Speakers / At least two presenters – speak clearly and maintain eye contact with the audience at least 90% of the time / At least two presenters – speak clearly and maintain eye contact with the audience most of the time. / One or two presenters – speech is difficult to follow at times, maintains eye contact with the audience about half of the time. / One presenter – speech is too quiet, too fast, etc., maintains eye contact less than half the time. / One presenter – speech has little relation to presentation and/or is read entirely off of notes.
Content / Content is accurate, thorough, and well-documented from authoritative sources. / Content is accurate, relatively thorough, and well-documented. / Content contains minor inaccuracies and/or information gaps, incomplete or incorrect documentation / Content is only partially accurate, contains gaps, little-to-no documentation / Content is inaccurate, incomplete, and off-topic AND/OR no citations
Visual-Text / Text is grammatically correct, easy-to-read, and concise / Text contains few errors, mostly readable, and concise / Text contains many minor errors; font may be too small/illegible, text may contain unnecessary information. / Text contains many errors; font is nearly unreadable, audience may have difficulty finding the important information / Text is difficult to comprehend due to serious grammatical/formatting errors; information copied from source with little regard for assignment standards.
Visual-Graphics / Presentation contains 2-3 graphics, properly referenced, that enhance content / Presentation contains 1 graphic, properly referenced, that enhances content / Presentation contains graphics with little relation to content that may also be improperly referenced. / Presentation contains no graphics, OR graphics are not related to content / Presentation contains no graphics OR graphics have no citations
Rubric for Visual – FictionPoints Possible / 50 pts / 30 pts / 10 pts
Neatness / Project displays attention to detail and tidiness; well put-together, evidence of hard work and effort / Project is fairly tidy, but may seem only 90% complete, evidence of some work/effort. / Project is obviously incomplete or done at last minute, messy, evidence of minimal work/effort
Content / Both novel and choice text are equally and accurately represented; mixed elements are easily distinguished. / Both novel and choice text are represented, but elements from each may be difficult to identify / Either novel or choice text is not represented, elements may not seem to be from either.
Artistic Value / Colorful, expressive images that show an attempt to interpret the spirits of novel and choice text / Images have limited color or distinguishing characteristics, little evidence of creativity / Images are in black and white, no evidence of creativity
Rubric for Newspaper - NonfictionPoints Possible / 50 pts / 30 pts / 10 pts
Formatting / Displays correct newspaper/periodical formatting w columns, headers, and at least 2 pictures (drawn or inserted) / Displays mostly correct formatting w/some columns, headers, and at least 1 picture / Genre of text is difficult to distinguish due to bad formatting AND/OR no pictures
Content / Newspaper articles accurately depict events from the novel while also using creativity to re-create them as contemporary news stories. / Newspaper articles show insufficient knowledge of events from the book; basic elements of news stories are not all represented. / Articles show little-to-no knowledge of events from the book; few basic elements of a news story are present.
Mechanics / 3 or fewer minor grammatical errors; quotes are punctuated properly. / 4-6 minor errors; quotes are incorrectly integrated into sentences. / More than seven minor errors AND/OR some major grammatical errors that interfere with readability.