Lesson Plan:

Mythological Creature: Vampire

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July 22, 2015
by Leslie Reed

Learning Objectives

Students will learn about the folklore surrounding vampires and improve their reading comprehension skills.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Begin the lesson by going through the Vampires in Pop Culture slideshow.
  • Show the Vampire Life video, and encourage students to sing along.
  • Let students know that today's lesson will be about a famous mythological creature: the vampire.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Ask students to share what they know about vampires.
  • Explain that vampires are creatures said to drink blood and live forever. They come from mythology, or old (and usually fictional) stories, and they don't actually exist.
  • Conduct a quick review of point of view and supporting details to make sure that students will be able to keep up with the upcoming reading activity.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (25 minutes)

  • Distribute a copy of the Dracula excerpt to each student.
  • Have the class follow along as you read the excerpt aloud.
  • Ask students questions about what you read after you finish.
  • Give students some time to fill in the journal portion of their copies.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Have students complete the All About Vampires worksheet independently.
  • Observe students as they work, providing assistance as needed.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to help you read the Dracula excerpt aloud.
  • Support: Work with struggling students one-on-one, and give them hints for completing their journal entries and worksheets.

Technology Integration

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Assessment (20 minutes)

  • Pass out copies of the Dracula reading comprehension quiz.
  • Have students complete and turn in their quizzes. Review their answers later to assess their comprehension of the lesson content.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have each student share something about vampires that she didn't know until today.

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