Students in Brian Levingston’s English 12 and European Literature class read Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein.” Their accompanying assignment was to design anything that demonstrated they understood the book and to defend that project in class.
Unlike Frankenstein’s monster, the resulting creations are things of beauty.
“If students are allowed creative freedom they are more likely to put effort into it because they’re choosing what they want to do,“ said Levingston.
He says the assignment was meant to inspire imaginative and hard-working students to shine, along with traditional academic achievers.
Students presented projects ranging from paintings to welded pieces to baked goods. Any creation would suffice as long as a student could justify the meaning behind it and successfully connect it to the themes of the novel. Dozens are on display in the case at the Indian Lake High School front entrance.
Senior Elijah Knief built one of Levingston’s favorite projects. Knief’s bookshelf features an engraving of the novel’s iconic quote “You are my creator, but I am your master-Obey!” and represents Frankenstein’s (and his monster’s) constant pursuit of knowledge.
Furthermore, Levingston says because students were able to create original pieces, they were inspired to consider the material more carefully than ever before.
“I have never seen kids so enthusiastic in talking about this book. They were reading it while walking down the halls and meeting about it at lunch. They really took ownership.”
As added incentive to create projects to be proud of, Levingston published pictures on his class Instagram account. You can see them at @levingston_ilhs.
The seniors and college prep sophomores in Levingston’s class will read and discuss Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis next.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.