Uncle Tom's Cabin Teacher Resources
Books have the power to change the world, to awaken societies to injustices and inequalities. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin is such a book. Originally published with the title Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Live Among the Lowly, Beecher crafted the tale as a response to the Runaway Slave Act of 1850, as outlined in this activity. Published in 1852, it is still listed as one of the fifty most influential books of all time.
Whether your focus is on developing reading comprehension skills, on how to analyze primary source documents, or on assessing claims and supporting evidence, you'll find lesson and unit plans, activities and research projects, presentations and worksheets that suggest ways to incorporate readings of this historic novel into middle and high school social studies and language arts classes.
Passages from the novel and primary source documents can be used to increase reading comprehension and to develop readers' critical thinking skills. A comprehension exercise focuses readers' attention on the hardships of slavery. Check out this resource where students examine the arguments that gave rise to the Civil War. To understand why Uncle Tom’s Cabin was banned in the South as abolitionists propaganda, class members can analyze the arguments that were made for and against the institution of slavery in this activity. Small wonder Uncle Tom’s Cabin is considered one of the most influential books of all time.