Many people confuse Dr. Frankenstein for his monster when they think of "Frankenstein." Likewise, many words have taken on a nuance, or shade, of meanings of their own, not necessarily conveying the original meaning. This short lesson takes a look at Nuance and puts the word "create" under the microscope in this Word Autopsy! This is a 4 slide PPT file mini lesson that gives students an opportunity to really look close at the subtle differences in meaning of words some people use interchangeably, helping them seek the truest meaning (and see that separate words exist for separate and precise meaning). Worksheets foster collaborative problem solving, including seeking information from a variety of resources. Collaboration requires students to use logic and reasoning to be able to come to a group consensus. Answer key emphasizes the "literal" meaning of the anonymously used words, giving students practical application of one of the standards addressed by the National test: "literal" meaning of words created through putting together prefixes, roots, and suffixes (kind of like the monster himself!).CCSS.L.8.4 Additional notes, tips, and instructions to the teacher in the "speaker's notes."