This download contains a graphic organizer on which the students will sort out examples of the various themes in the short story, The Fall of the House of Usher. The themes included for this assignment:
Inheritance of Mental Illness
Madness as a Result of Isolation
Stagnation vs. Change
The Power of the Dead Over the Living
Also included are four reading questions. My students completed this assignment in one class period (50 Min.)
This assignment works well as both a group assignment and an individual assignment. The reading questions also make for great class discussion starters.