Reflection: Adjustments to Practice "I Had Selected His Features as Beautiful": Beauty as Social Construct in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and in Popular Culture - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


Something Neil Gainman wrote in The Graveyard Book resonates as true for me these days: "You can't trust other people: If it's important, you have to do it yourself." 

I taught this lesson, one of my favorites, in a state of great distress and disappointment. I so wanted viewers of it to see professional footage and commentary about how this lesson meets CCSS while also offering space for student creativity. That obviously did not happen, and it's through no fault of my own. 

My point is that as teachers we face constant disappointment and deal w/ broken promises almost daily. The world, both secular and professional, serves up platitudes. Our challenge is to put these moments that make us want to throw in the towel into a compartment that does not negatively impact our students. I had to do that today. So I got out my phone and took pictures and recorded some students. It's the best I could do under duress. 

  Dealing with Devastating Disappointment and Broken Promises
  Adjustments to Practice: Dealing with Devastating Disappointment and Broken Promises
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"I Had Selected His Features as Beautiful": Beauty as Social Construct in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and in Popular Culture

Unit 12: What Makes a Monster?: "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus"
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze constructions of beauty in "Frankenstein" and in popular culture."

Big Idea: Beauty is a social construct.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, British literature, Beauty as Social Construct, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
  60 minutes
student creation from beauty
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