Dracula: A History

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This brief lesson explores the history of vampires in literature and how the myths evolved over the centuries to create the amazing science fiction genre that we know today. From the origins in ancient Rome to the amazing collection of vampire literature in the 19th century, your students will love this one day lesson.

Students suffering with winter blues? Excited about Halloween? Looking for an excuse to take the day off but still need to do something educational? Then look no further!

Plus, this is Common Core Aligned!

Dracula: A History the video is under six minutes in length. It quickly covers the origins of the common vampire myths as well as how Bram Stoker's Dracula may have been influenced by real life historical events.


What's Included:

  • Dracula: A History video
  • Abbreviated original readings
  • Full original readings (for interested students)*
  • Vampires in the 19th Century opinion reading
  • End of lesson questions aligned with Common Core
  • Example lesson plan


The abbreviated original readings are selections from some of the first commercially successful vampire stories. All share the moment the vampire is described so students can begin to think about how and when vampires took on a human form and why this helped the genre become successful.

The full readings are included for those students who may be interested in reading the full original stories.*

The end of lesson questions are aligned with Common Core which makes this one-day lesson excellent because even though it may be off topic, students are still learning and being pushed academically.

Bundle this with Elizabeth Bathory, Countess Dracula.


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*Varney the Vampire is not included in its full text because it is too large. For students who may be interested, it can be found for free in many places on the internet. Also, Bram Stoker's Dracula is not included. Although it is discussed, none of Stoker's writing is included in the reading portion of the lesson.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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