Monsters: Frankenstein, Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Lurking behind the stuffy exterior of society is the heart of a monster. During the Regency-Victorian time period, the greatest literary monsters were born. The very names of these creatures conjure up nightmare images: Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man. All of these monsters are here—including a few extra! Jack the Ripper, a real-life monster, is also featured. Use these materials to let your students experience these classic tales of horror.
GOTHIC ELEMENTS PRESENTATION This presentation gives an overview of common elements of Gothic Literature.
Bring Frankenstein to life with this collection of five Reader’s Theater script-stories! The story of a misunderstood monster pitted against his unfeeling creator, Frankenstein is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago—exploring deep-thinking questions like, “Should there be limits on science? And are monsters born or made?” If you're not sure this type of assignment will work in your classroom, try "Frankenstein: Part I" for FREE by clicking here.
FRANKENSTEIN DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Use these questions to help your students analyze the deeper themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.
FRANKENSTEIN VS. JURASSIC PARK One of the things I love about the classics are their timeless themes. What do reanimated corpses and genetically-revived dinosaurs have in common? Quite a bit actually—as this excerpt from a scholarly article explains.
JACK THE RIPPER Learn the background of history's most famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Compare this real-life monster to the literary monsters from the same time period.
DRACULA: PART I The first portion of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a nail-biting adventure. Even if you don't have time for the full novel, this first portion can really whet your students' appetite to read the novel on their own.
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE This worksheet will give your students a quick overview of the classic story of man vs. monster.
THE INVISIBLE MAN Another classic monster, the Invisible Man demonstrates what happens when human depravity is given freedom from consequences. This worksheet presents a summary of H.G. Well's classic novel as well as analysis questions.
"LOST HEARTS" BY M.R. JAMES Written by one of the world's best tellers of ghost stories, this classic tale is both grim and gruesome. A young orphan is invited to live with his rich, much-older cousin, but ghostly apparitions begin to alert him that his cousin has monstrous motives.
"CANON ALBERIC'S SCRAPBOOK" BY M.R. JAMES This Victorian horror story is more of a slow burn than a flash fire, but the payoff is pure creepiness. A visitor to an ancient cathedral discovers a mysterious manuscript that may be home to a centuries-old spirit.
"THE CANTERVILLE GHOST" BY OSCAR WILDE Leave it to Oscar Wilde to turn the typical ghost story on its head. In this hilarious short story an American family moves into a classic haunted house and ends up torturing the ghost who lives there instead of vice versa.