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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