This The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Genre and Tradition lesson plan also includes:
Make a study of the Gothic style by taking an in-depth look at Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Lead a discussion about the Gothic elements in the story and the effect the story has on readers. Next, ask high schoolers to compose quick essays on why fantasy novels and films are so popular, comparing this genre to realistic fiction. Note that the resource refers to specific pages in Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, but the pieces can be found elsewhere.
- Try out the audio guide; there is quite a bit on "The Fall of the House of Usher" after the biography portion
- Includes a homework assignment and vocabulary; see the materials for the handout referenced in the homework assignment
- There isn't much scaffolding described, and you may need to spend some time developing the plan more fully before teaching it