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The Fall of the House of Usher (Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Novels)

by Matthew K. Manning

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This graphic novel version does a great job of pulling enough pieces from the classic story to give a general idea of the plot. When paired with the story, it can make for great lessons on imagery, personification, detail expansion. Since they are only a few dollars, while being great quality and beautifully colored, it would be easy to have a class set. I would pair this with the story (which is what I decided to do). 6th graders were able to discuss what looked different in their head than in the graphic novel, what they would have added, and what details seemed important to include that weren't. The graphic novel alone doesn't hit upon the under layers always included in Poe's work, but that is what makes it great for pairing. Students loved this! Only reason I don't give 5 stars is that the ending doesn't quite fulfill what happens as in the story version and read alone, doesn't begin to dig into the layers of the original story. ( )
  AKcensorfree | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Retold in graphic novel form, the narrator visits Roderick Usher, who is dying under the spell of a family curse, and witnesses the final destruction of the Usher family.

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