Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin

This site offers a flexible curriculum for teaching all or portions of Uncle Tom's Cabin in a high school literature or American history class. The lesson plans offered here integrate an exploration of the novel's central issues with skills-based activities in close reading, critical and creative writing, research, and oral presentation. While parts of the site may be used without internet access, several of the activities offer ways to integrate the Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture site, as well as other helpful web materials, into a high school curriculum. Teachers may choose to use all or only a portion of the activities suggested in the three units here, depending on the length of time allotted. Each unit consists of three lessons. Most lessons are designed to last only a day or two. While the unit names suggest a sequence, the lessons may also be rearranged or used individually. These are multi-media lessons that also incorporate research, writing, and presenting.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts,...
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the...
CLE 3003.8.3
Recognize the conventions of various literary genres and understand how they articulate the writers vision.
GLE 0701.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0701.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas and supporting details of informational texts.
SPI 0701.2.7
Select the most appropriate behaviors for participating productively in a team (e.g., ask primarily relevant questions that move the team toward its goal and...
Prepare for collaborative discussions on 7th grade level topics and texts; engage effectively with varied partners, building on others' ideas and...
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media formats; explain how this clarifies a topic, text, or issue under study.
Alignment of this item to academic standards is based on recommendations from content creators, resource curators, and visitors to this website. It is the responsibility of each educator to verify that the materials are appropriate for your content area, aligned to current academic standards, and will be beneficial to your specific students.

Unit Variations

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