From Electric English....
This is an activity for a film comparison of Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher". Once you have read and worked with the piece, you can view the film in its entirety and use the matrix for analysis while watching. (Sometimes, depending on time, I skip the reading altogether and just view the film; this activity has the students consider many facets of the tale, and can stand on its own if need be.) Most versions of the film are 50 minutes or less, and I consider the best version to be the Vincent Price selection; this is the one that I use. Among other tasks, it asks the students to consider Gothic elements, Dark Romantic elements, and literary elements. Most importantly, it asks students to consider how the director has used artistic license to convey these visions of Poe's work.
Please note, this activity is not designed to have the students rehash what they have already read within the work. But rather, to have them take the prior knowledge they have already acquired and consider the work from another perspective.There are several versions of the film; this activity will work for all of them. More than likely, you can check out a version of the film from your local library if you do not own a copy :)