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Illustrating Uncle Tom's Cabin

Historical illustrations reveal more than what they are meant to portray. After reading Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, high schoolers view a series of illustrations, movie posters, photographs, and book covers that exemplify the book's themes and key moments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Print selected images and display them around the room; organize a gallery walk for groups to observe and discuss
  • Have class members design their own illustrations based on their reading of the novel
  • Work with a social studies teacher to design a cross-curricular lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Many images are in color, and projecting them onto the wall may be more efficient than printing
  • Provide historical context for some images that could be considered racist by today's standards
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Pros
  • Provides dozens of photos from various years following the novel's publication
  • Includes sources for each image
  • Comes with teaching instructions and tips
Cons
  • None