First, brainstorm with a partner all you know about the story of
2. Next, define the term, analogy.
3. As you know, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were
charged with creating a better structure of government for the United
States. The delegates wanted to create a more powerful national
government than the government under the Articles of Confederation.
Yet the delegates feared making a central government that was so
powerful it would overwhelm the state governments. Records of the
many debates among the delegates at the Constitutional Convention
suggest that many of them were, in fact, worried about creating
an uncontrollable "monster." Some of these concerns were
expressed in the Federalist
#2, and #51). Using the Constitution, create a list of national
powers that the delegates included in the new Constitution.
4. In the novel,Frankenstein, Shelly wrote about a scientist, Victor
Frankenstein, who wanted to create a living being for the good of
humanity. Frankenstein learns the secret of infusing life into inanimate
matter, but the being he creates becomes a monster who ultimately
destroys him. Frankenstein's monster is given many positive qualities,
including great strength, intelligence, and obedience, but he lacks
the characteristics necessary to be accepted by others.
5. Re-read the Handout
"It's Alive!" which is an excerpt from the novel, Frankenstein.
Then, using your list of powers created above, your assignment is
to creatively illustrate the new powers the delegates are "experimenting
with" at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Will it work?
Also, think about creatively illustrating their laboratory.
6. Review the rubric
for your illustration and essay. Make sure you understand
the criteria for both the illustration and essay.