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Looking for a fun and educational way to celebrate Halloween in your Secondary ELA classroom? Look no further than Bram Stoker’s “Dracula’s Guest”! This classic short story is the perfect blend of spooky fun and literary merit, sure to engage and entertain your students while helping them meet important academic reading standards.

What is the story of Dracula’s Guest?

“Dracula’s Guest” tells the story of a young man who, despite warnings from his host, venture out on a dark and stormy night in Transylvania. Unbeknownst to him, he is being followed by a sinister figure. What will happen when he finally comes face to face with his stalker?

Your students will love trying to solve this chilling mystery, and you’ll love watching them engage with the text and hone their critical reading skills. So don’t wait – add “Dracula’s Guest” to your lesson plans today!

Included in this short story unit:

  • Author Study – At the beginning of the activity is a short paragraph that is intended to introduce the student to the author.

  • Pre-reading activity –A pre-reading quick write will help set the tone for students to engage in Dracula’s Guest. The question is designed to help students think about what they know about Dracula and sets the stage for the tone of the story.

  • Stop N Jot-This is a fabulous activity that helps keep students focused on the reading. There are two pages devoted to stop ‘n jot. At the end of each reading page, students are to stop, think about what they’ve read and then jot down the main ideas, questions, thoughts and feeling they had as they read. Additionally, there is a space for students to sketch a picture to help them recall the story.

  • Author’s Word Choice –To create the eerie, mysterious feel of the story, the author chose his words carefully. Students will investigate 3 sentences from the story (you can have the students pick out their own sentences or use one of the sentences provided on the answer key).

  • Vocabulary Words –Ten words from the story have been selected for further study. The words were based on necessity of understanding the story and the likelihood of students seeing the word again in other readings. Students will find the words in the reading, research the definition, and use the word correctly within a sentence.

  • Visualization The author’s language helps the reader to create a visual (a mini movie/comic) in their head about the story. In this activity, students will take 4 scenes from Dracula’s Guest and draw a picture that represents the beginning, middle and end of the story.

  • Questions There are 5 questions that range in difficulty from comprehension to evaluation that will help your students think through the story.

⛈⛈⛈Dracula’s Guest is part of the public domain. I’ve created a PDF version of the story which is included in this product.