The Lady Who Started a War

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Approach the tragedies of slavery with a Reader's Theater activity based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. In small groups, learners practice their lines and then present a section to the class. The plan suggests that they perform in front of an audience, and requires that they prepare an introductory paragraph about the Fugitive Slave Act for this presentation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the Reader's Theater is almost exactly like the excerpt from Uncle Tom's Cabin; very little has been changed
Pros

  • Includes historical background, vocabulary, an extension idea, and the original excerpt of Uncle Tom's Cabin (as well as the Reader's Theater script, of course)
Cons

  • While the final step of the plan asks kids to write about the Fugitive Slave Act, there are no supporting materials or information about that topic provided
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