Autumn is here, and Halloween is just around the corner–it’s a great time to curl up on the couch (hot cider and fuzzy blanket optional!) with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, especially if you’re enrolled in Straighterline’s English 102 course. While we here at SL think Frankenstein is a fun read for students, we know the two writing assignments associated with it–the application essay and the evaluation essay–can be tough. You’re being asked not only to engage deeply with the text, but you’re also required to investigate what others have said about Frankenstein. On top of all that, you’re supposed to integrate your own opinion about Frankenstein‘s message and its critics’ thoughts as well! We’re asking a lot, but we know you can do it. There are a couple of great, short videos available through PBS that we think might help, so we’re posting them here:
Remember, if you decide to incorporate these sources into your assignment in any way–even if you just got an idea from them–you’ll need to cite properly. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab can help.
Have any tips for or questions about these assignments? Let us know! We’re here to help.