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Name: ___________________________

English III Honors

Mr. Schroeder/Mayr

December 19, 2014

Frankenstein: Stitches

Over the break, you must develop a PowerPoint project that includes an array of various media encompassing one or more centralized theme(s) of Frankenstein.


    • Opening Slide – includes name, theme(s) addressed, a graphic(s)

    • Second Slide – either your favorite passage or one that represents the theme(s) addressed

    • Various Media – 1-2 slides per each below

    • Closing Slide – a Letter & a Post Script to any character from the novel or Mary Shelley’s life.

Various Media

    • Poem: original or published (published poem requires rationale for choice)

    • Song: original or published (published poem requires rationale)

    • Photo/Art: original or published (published requires rationale for choice)

    • YouTube Video: requires rationale (suggested maximum video time: 15 minutes – unless it’s going to blow our minds)


    • Loneliness and/or Alienation

    • Duty versus Responsibility

    • Parent and Child

    • Justice vs. Injustice

    • Creator’s Choice

For those who prefer to write an essay instead, you may opt out of the Stitches project with a Film Study/Essay

Film Study: choose a movie that highlights or parallels one of the central themes of Frankenstein

-write a 3-5 page compare/contrast analysis of the film and the novel, Frankenstein.

Essential Questions to be answered through Film Study:

1. What new perspective does the film add/confirm in relation to one of the theme(s) of Frankenstein?

2. What seems to be the dominate venue (tenet) of the film's adaptation or theme?

3. What parallel between the film and text version of Frankenstein (Shelly) do you find most significant and why?

Due Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2014

Compare/Contrast Analysis

Comparison discusses similarities (common properties).

Contrast discusses differences (properties each have that the other lacks).

Questions to consider

  • It is not enough to merely list what is the same and what is different. Why is it important to see what is the same and what is different?

  • What overall pattern is operating in the similarities and why does it matter? How does the comparison enhance our understanding of the separate entities?

  • What is the cause of the differences and why does it matter? What unique and new insight comes from contrasting the entities?

The answer to these questions will form your thesis statement. The thesis must make a claim that goes beyond the listing of similarities and differences and creates a new understanding, a weaving together of separate strands to make a new form. This new synthesis becomes your thesis.

Your assignment is to compare a book to a movie based on that book. To merely list the plot similarities and the divergences from the plot could be done by anyone. Put in your own analysis, something only you can come up with.

Questions that need to be answered in analysis

  • What does that say about the strengths or weaknesses in the novel or the movie?

  • What does that say about the time period in which the book was written as opposed to the time period the movie was made?

  • What does that say about the two different mediums and their respective audiences?

Why do we care about any of this anyway?

Ask yourself “so what?” for every similar and different item you can come up with.

The answer to “so what” is the analysis that the essay needs.

Once you have gathered all the specifics, organization is crucial in the paper. Otherwise you will either confuse or lose your reader. Order points from least to most important.

  • If the similarities are more significant, discuss differences first.

  • If the differences are more significant, discuss similarities first

One side at a time

  • First discuss everything about the cats and then discuss everything about the frogs.Keep the order of points the same in each.

Point by Point

  • Discuss each point, first cats, then frogs, alternating back and forth. Keep the order consistent.


Give the overall picture. Define the subject matter, give brief, all-inclusive background and write thesis statement that answers all the “so what?” questions.

Body Paragraphs

Follow your plan. Include a paragraph breakdown in your plan. Whether individual points warrant an entire body paragraph or certain points can be combined depends on the length of the paper (which dictates scope and depth).

The order of the paragraphs depends on what you want to emphasize. Be sure to start and end body paragraphs with topic and concluding sentences.


Look back at your introduction and thesis and again answer the “why do we care about this?” question in terms of the big picture. The conclusion will accentuate the lessons learned in the comparison and contrast of the elements. What is the new synthesis that has come out of this exercise?

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