Dracula: A History

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Halloween is a fun time to take a day off and do something different. Students are excited which may also mean, students have no attention span. So why not learn about the history of vampires?

Plus, this is Common Core Aligned!

Dracula: A History the video is under six minutes in length. It quickly covers where common vampire myths come from 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.

The full readings are included for those students who may be interested in reading the full original stories. Varney the Vampire is not included in its full form because it is much too big but it can be found anywhere on the internet.

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.


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