The Fall of the House of Usher

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The tale opens with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his comfort. (From feedbooks.com)
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Designed for students in 9th-10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, inference and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about imagery and story elements. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of foreshadowing, mood, and grammar. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Story Background: This story begins as an unnamed narrator approaches the house of Usher on a “dull, dark, and soundless day.” The narrator has been summoned to the house of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, the narrator notices that the house is gloomy and mysterious. The narrator observes that the house seems to have absorbed an evil and diseased atmosphere from the decaying trees and murky ponds around it. As you continue to read, notice how the outside of the house mirrors the inside of the house. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Summarize the narrator's knowledge of the Usher family's lineage. What does this information tell you about Roderick Usher? 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of cadaverousness. Write a sentence using cadaverousness in correct context. 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
How does the narrator try to cheer up Roderick Usher? 
The narrator's purpose for coming to see Roderick Usher is to cheer him up so he will feel better. Is this working so far? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
How do the windows in the poem contrast the windows in the House of Usher?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
"Flowing, flowing, flowing" is an example of ___________________. 
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Why does the narrator say that Roderick Usher wants to bury his sister in one of the tombs in the house? 
Based on the details in the text, what do you infer happened to Roderick's sister, Madeline? What are his intentions with her? 
In what ways do the events of the story create a sense of fear? How does fear immobilize the narrator and Roderick? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Why does the narrator offer to read one of Roderick's favorite books to him?  
How does the reading of the "Mad Trist" parallel the events that are occurring in the story? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
What does the narrator realize at this point in the story? 
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