A major question of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is why humans do not accept the creature as another human. For this assignment:
• Students do a freewrite about what they believe defines a human.
• Then, they locate three online sources that engage with that question and record their findings.
• Considering their initial opinions along with their research, students identify what they see as five essential characteristics of being human, and make a final assessment about whether the creature can be considered a human.
This assignment is best used after the students finish the novel. It can be used as a homework or in-class assignment, and can produce a length discussion. A rubric is included.
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