Unit Plan

Uncle Tom's Cabin: Finishing the Novel

The reviews for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin were as divisive as the novel itself. High schoolers finish the novel unit with an evaluation of the book's initial reviews, its characters' dreams and fears of emancipation, and its representation in post-slavery American popular culture.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Choose any of the discussion questions or guiding statements as thought-provoking essay prompts
  • Connect a language arts novel unit with a social studies Civil War unit; have class members conduct research in one and continue writing in the next
Classroom Considerations
  • Final questions about the relevance of the book in post-slavery America, as well as addressing Southerners' fears about emancipation, require sensitive and thoughtful discussion
  • The final section of a three-part unit; you can find each part and the lessons within with the navigation links on the top and sides of the page
  • Allows for abbreviated reading sessions of the novel if class members have not finished each chapter
  • Includes all necessary materials, such as worksheets, reading excerpts, primary source documents, and images, as well as extra lessons and activities to deepen understanding
  • None