Teachers receive grant for integrated English, art study

FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon High School English department recently earned a $1,000 grant to provide the school with an opportunity to offer students learning experiences connected to the novel “Frankenstein.” Activities include book discussions, a young adult reading series and horror and science fiction creative writing workshops.

“Frankenstein,” written by Mary Shelley in 1818, tells the chilling story of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who re-animated a creature made from body parts. He then lost control of his creation and lived in fear of it. The novel raises questions about right and wrong, kindness and respect.

Mt. Vernon High School English teacher Jennifer Sherbak and librarian Alyson Zelencik applied for the grant last spring and were one of 62 organizations that received awards for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, the Frankenstein Community Reads Grant also allows for the English 9 Honors classes to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art to complete an art integration project in connection with their study of the novel.