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Vampires (Grade 3)

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You've probably read about vampires. Maybe you have even seen them in movies. But maybe you're still asking yourself, what is a vampire and where did vampires come from?

Vampires take a lot of different forms. In scary movies, vampires are blood-sucking monsters. In a popular movie, they look like popular high school students. On a popular children's TV show, the vampire is a counting monster. Despite the many forms they take, one things is for certain - vampires are not real. At least most people don't think so.

When vampires first appeared in Eastern European legend, they were known as evil spirits. These spirits hung around graveyards. Their goal was to sneak into a grave. Then they would enter the dead person's body and try to find blood to eat.

Legend also said that vampires liked counting. They would count anything that they could find. Sometimes they would be so focused on counting that they would forget to sneak into graves. If vampires were real, finding something for them to count would be an easy way to escape.

Of course, vampires are not real, but if you are not convinced, there are a few ways to tell if you're with a real vampire.

1. Stand in a mirror with the vampire. If he has a reflection, he's not a vampire.

2. Look for holes in a coffin. If you find some, you know vampire is inside.

3. Walk through a graveyard with a black horse. If the horse gets spooked, there is a vampire grave close by.

4. If any cattle or sheep go missing while the suspected vampire is around, then it is probably vampire.

So next time you think you've discovered a vampire, put it to the test. Chances are you will discover it's not really a vampire at all.
All vampires on TV and in movies are scary, blood-sucking creatures.
  1. True
  2. False
Why does the author include the numbered list?
  1. to point out ways to escape vampires
  2. to highlight features of vampires
  3. to show different types of vampires
  4. to explain how a vampire forms
Why would finding something for the vampire to count be an easy way to escape?
  1. The vampire would be so confused it would forget about you.
  2. The vampire would get scared and find another victim.
  3. The vampire would be distracted by having to count everything.
  4. The vampire would ask for your help instead of hurting you.
Which choice best describes the author's view of vampires?
  1. Vampires are interesting, but they aren't real.
  2. Vampires are scary and should be avoided.
  3. Vampires make popular TV and story characters.
  4. Vampires are very real, but not very scary.
Why would cattle and sheep most likely go missing while a vampire is nearby?
  1. The vampire would like to eat their meat.
  2. The vampire would take them for their blood.
  3. The vampire would use them for transportation.
  4. The vampire would sell them to get money for blood.

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