Students will understand the following:
For this lesson, you will need:
Instead of dividing the class into groups, let all the individuals in the class work as one large group with you as group leader.
You can evaluate the students in terms of collaboration, oral presentation, and class discussion(s).
Make notes about student participation, cooperation, and ability to compromise.
Use the following three-point rubric:
Three points: highly organized oral explanation of the game; very clear articulation
Two points: organized oral explanation of the game; mostly articulate presentation
One point: disorganized oral presentation; unclear speech
Make notes about students' willingness to volunteer but not monopolize the discussion.
Count Darwin: A Time Line
Note that Dracula has been called a shape-shifter because he can change into various animals. Explain that some scholars believe that in depicting Dracula as a shape-shifter, Bram Stoker was drawing on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution—specifically, the idea that all species, including humans, evolved from earlier animals. With this idea in mind, work with your students to create an illustrated time line that traces Dracula's evolution throughout the novel. Label each shape he assumes with a short student-composed description.
When the time line is complete, discuss the transformations further:
Live from Transylvania: A News Report
Ask your students to write a radio news report of Dracula's death. Direct them to begin their stories with a one-paragraph lead that summarizes who, what, where, when , why, and how Dracula is killed. Each subsequent paragraph in the rest of the report should contain descriptive adjectives; students might build these paragraphs around details taken directly from the book. Encourage students to include interviews of police and community leaders as well as of the novel's other characters who can provide eyewitness testimony—quotations that reflect the characters' motivations and biases. They can also include reports from England and Transylvania. Finally, advise them that to make their news reports balanced, they should include what others know or suspect about Dracula's own point of view. They might even want to create a character to defend and explain Dracula's behavior.
Vampire: The Complete Guide to the World of the Undead
Manuela Dunn Mascetti. Penguin Books USA, Inc., 1992.
This intriguing and wonderfully artistic book on vampires explores their history and myths, as well as the presence of Dracula throughout world history.
Dracula: Between Tradition and Modernism
Carol A. Senf. Twayne Publications, 1998.
Why has the myth of Dracula remained popular around the world since Dracula 's publication in 1897? This book delves into that question and explores Dracula's place in history and in the modern world.
Extensive links dealing with Dracula.
Visit and view where Vlad the Impaler is said to have lived briefly and learn about his life.
Vlad Dracula: An intriguing figure in the fifteenth century
Read the story of Vlad the Impaler.
Click on any of the vocabulary words below to hear them pronounced and used in a sentence.
Context: After being rejected by her friends, the girl was overwhelmed with a feeling of alienation.
Context: Dracula's persistence in attacking Mina filled John with anxiety.
Context: Popular culture's appropriation and distortion of Dracula's image would have enraged Bram Stoker.
Context: The deadly contagion wiped out an entire population.
Context: The unfamiliar people appeared exotic to John.
Context: Dracula has become an icon representing evil.
Context: Eating the same meal three times a day can become very mundane.
Context: The accident victim is in dire need of a transfusion.
This lesson plan may be used to address the academic standards listed below. These standards are drawn from Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education: 2nd Edition and have been provided courtesy of theMid-continent Research for Education and Learningin Aurora, Colorado.
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: language arts
Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of literary texts.
Benchmark: Knows the defining characteristics of a variety of literary forms and genres (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, biographies, autobiographies, science fiction, supernatural tales, satires, parodies, plays, American literature, British literature, world and ancient literature, the Bible).
Benchmark: Understands historical and cultural influences on literary works.
Benchmark: Uses a variety of techniques to provide supporting detail (e.g., analogies, anecdotes, restatements, paraphrases, examples, comparisons).
Benchmark: Uses a variety of techniques to convey a personal style and voice.
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