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ERIC Number: ED466526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-9
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Outcasts Searching for a Place To Fit: A Study of "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes" by Chris Crutcher.
Martin, Amy
All people have to deal with feelings of loneliness, isolation, fear, and lack of acceptance, especially in the teenage years. Both of the novels "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes" and "Frankenstein" deal with these issues. By 10th grade, students are really searching for who they are and what they want out of life. It is especially important to these adolescents that they have a place where they belong and feel comfortable. In both these novels the main characters are isolated because of their appearances. In "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," Eric "Moby" Calhoune is extremely overweight, and Sarah Byrnes is grotesquely scarred from severe burns she received as a child. In "Frankenstein," the monster is so terrifying that even his creator cannot bear to look at him. Both books deal with religious implications, and both books deal with father motifs. The novels contain difficult subjects to discuss, but they can raise questions in students' minds and help them to analyze and determine how they view the world and their role in it. This curriculum unit, designed for use in grade 10, provides unit objectives for each novel and for the combined novels; suggests diverse motivation ideas for the teacher to implement; offers sample motivation quizzes; presents student activities; gives general discussion questions for the teacher to use; and presents study guide questions for the students. The unit also provides a vocabulary quiz; suggests follow-up activities; discusses evaluation; and offers several sample tests. (Contains a list of 18 resources.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A