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!
Through Harriet Beecher Stowe's revealing and heart-breaking novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, students will learn:
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 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 the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
Printed Workbook Format
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.
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.
Both the book and study guide are terrific. Well done!