Objective: Dracula, originally written in 1897, is very much a product of its time. The objective of this lesson is to examine the historical context during which Dracula was written.
1) Begin class with a focusing exercise. Have students write for five minutes on the following prompts: What do you know about the time period that "Dracula" was written (1897)? List at least five things you know and two things you would like to know more about. Collect their responses.
2) Divide students into groups of 3-4. Have them discuss what they know about the time period during which Dracula was written. What was Europe like at that point? What were things like for a normal citizen? What was the government of England like? How did people make money? Have each group come up with at least five things that they will then report back to the class.
3) Taking the comments...
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