From Electric English...
This is an activity to analyze "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Poe using the DIDLS method :) It asks the students to consider the diction, images, details, language, and syntax of a piece and then use that information to determine attitude and tone. It can be applied to fiction or non-fiction, and all kids benefit from its organization. This is typically an AP strategy, but I think that's a bunch of bologna... I use it for all of my classes and all of my students; it takes a little longer with some classes versus others, but asking your students to contemplate these types of questions about their reading only enhances their criticial thinking and life skills. Use it however is best for you :)
NOTE: This activity presupposes prior knowledge. I would not recommend it unless you have already familiarized your students with diction and syntax.
NOTE: It is up to you, of course, but I would highly recommend picking a short portion of this story that you are fond of for this particular activity. It is too long and the vocabulary too complex to do the whole thing; it becomes drudgery for the kids.... Just a short section though, is fun, and they are still learning the same skills!
NOTE: There is a fresh, clean copy of this story posted in my store under Edgar Allan Poe for free. Use it for whatever is best for you; it is a great story :)