Uncle Tom's Cabin - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 10-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: United States, 1850s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 94 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 12-14 weeks

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An unprecedented best seller in its time, Uncle Tom's Cabin has also been controversial from the start.
Primarily the story of Tom, a godly slave who improves all around him,  much like Joseph of the Bible. But when Tom is sold to Simon Legree, he meets true evil. Legree treats slaves as animals and plans to make Tom overseer because of his strength and intelligence, but when Tom refuses to whip a fellow slave, and then refuses to turn in two runaways, Legree slowly beats Tom to death.
The son of Tom's first owner comes to redeem Tom but finds him dying. In honor of Tom, he frees his family's slaves and educates them. Stowe reveals the horrors occurring under slavery and the damage done to society as a whole when its weakest members are preyed upon. She also shows that Christians can, and must, make a real difference in the world!

Progeny Press' Uncle Tom's Cabin English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
Historical Background: In depth look at the history of slavery.
Author Biography: Learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Before-You-Read Activities: History, essays, map, movie.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, figure of speech, irony, allusion, synonym, diction, metaphor, root words, characterization, antonym, juxtaposition, point of view, aside, anthropomorphism, imagery, alliteration, parody, foreshadow, transpose, rhythm, anaphora, mood, paradox, parallel, willing suspension of disbelief, dramatic structure, Christ-figure, theme. 
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Conscience, heaven, love and pray for our enemies, suffering, authority, Bible study, slavery, no distinctions in Christ, all created equal, stress, comfort, prejudice, fairness, work, rationalization, noblesse oblige, belief vs. unbelief, hope, racism.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Art project, hymns, Latin, class discussions, role of strong women, author analysis, essays and research paper options.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

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  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
The #1 Best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century following only the Bible. 

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Southern United States, Mid-1800s
American Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
114 pages
Study Guide Author:
Kimberlee Foley & Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Workbook ISBN:

    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Anne Guthrie on 15th Feb 2021


    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Excellent study of Stowe's highly readable, persuasive, moving, thorough and exhaustive look at an important part of not only American, but human history. Slavery is not just a black and white issue it is a mulatto issue. Slavery not only hurt the black but it hurt the white community. Surely the grandest part of Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is the way she describes Tom's Faith and paints him as a type of Christ. Anyone who reads this book will not come away thinking that 'you're an Uncle Tom' is a derogatory term.

  • Posted by dennis a. on 24th Sep 2014


    We have not actually started

    We have not actually started the study yet but it's next on our list. I am thrilled with the study guide as I have looked through it already. Right now we are working through The Giver - excellent study guide.

  • Posted by Laura n. on 28th Apr 2014



    Both the book and study guide are terrific. Well done!