Elizabeth Bathory: Blood Countess Podcast

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Women need more attention in history classes. I wanted another Halloween resource but I also wanted it to be a resource that you could use in January, during Women's History Month, or in April. Finally, I wanted something that challenged students regular thinking skills and to give them practice in forming historical opinions.

Elizabeth Bathory fulfilled all of those needs. Who was she? She was the richest woman (and probably person) in Eastern Europe during her lifetime and she was known as the Blood Countess or Countess Dracula. Often compared to Dracula himself, she may be the world's most prolific serial killer.

Or is she?

This historical analysis introduces students to the evidence surrounding her life and gives them the opportunity to determine if she was a mass murderer or a victim of an elaborate political coup to remove her and her family from power. There is no wrong answer so students conclusions will vary but the history is definitely interesting and compelling.

Perfect for Halloween but can be used to change things up in the middle of the school year or at the end of the year when students are ready for summer. If you follow the entire resource it is Common Core aligned.


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  • Streaming podcast (NOT downloadable - streaming)
  • Follow along workbook
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Answer key


The podcast does have on random map in the beginning at around the 2:15 mark. There are credits at the end of the podcast but otherwise it is just sound. This recording is student friendly and appropriate for the classroom. The entire podcast is just over 27 minutes long, ensuring students have thinking, writing, and discussion time.

Print the workbook for each student and they will fill it out as the podcast plays. There are periodic breaks in the podcast to allow students time to catch up on the work. Let them collaborate on the answers if necessary.

Want another Halloween history resource? Check out Dracula. Even better, if you like this, then bundle it with Dracula.

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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, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
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.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


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