Dracula Assignments

Bram Stoker, Dracula
Lesson plans and teaching resources

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Biography and Digital Texts

Archaeologists Think They’ve Found the Dungeon Where Dracula Was Kept
Short informational article.

Bram Stoker
The author's biography at Wikipedia.

Bram Stoker
Video biography (45:23).

Downloadable text of the novel in multiple formats, including EPUB, Kindle, or plain text.

Downloadable audio files of the novel in multiple formats, including MP3, iTunes, and Ogg Vorbis.

Use the arrows at the top to navigate this digitized edition dated 1897.

Listen to the novel in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis format.

Lesson Plans

A variety of reading strategies for this novel, including directed reading/thinking and reciprocal teaching.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Vocabulary, focus questions, additional links, classroom activities.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Scroll down to find a list of post-reading activities.

Dracula : Digital Booktalk
This short video (1:40) could serve as a prereading activity.

Dracula Lesson Plans
This unit plan includes comprehension questions and a rough pacing guide.

The Gothic
In this video from the British Library (8:51), Professor John Bowen discusses key motifs in Gothic novels, including the uncanny, the sublime and the supernatural. Includes brief discussion of sexuality as motif; preview for appropriateness. Also available at YouTube, here .

Essay Topic 1

Choose three instances of foreshadowing that happen within the first three chapters of the novel and describe which future event that each predicts/foreshadows.

Essay Topic 2

Choose a vampire character from another novel or movie you are familiar with and compare and contrast that character with Stoker's Dracula. Make sure to list at least five similarities and/or differences.

Essay Topic 3

Dracula is supposedly based on a real historical figure named Vlad the Impaler. Find three similarities between this historical figure and the literary character and explain how and when they appear in the novel.

Essay Topic 4

One of the novel's major themes is the conflict between the traditional and the modern. Choose three characters or events and explain, using evidence from the text, how they represent this conflict.

Essay Topic 5

Choose and explain four traditional elements of a Gothic novel and cite an example of...

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