Reading Comprehension: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Introduce your high schoolers to one of the most important pieces of American literature with a reading comprehension lesson. As class members read a short passage from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, they learn about the character of Eliza. In addition, they answer questions about what they have read.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in your novel unit or in a social studies class when working on the abolitionist movement
  • Have readers craft their own questions and answers after reading the excerpt
  • Add to a reading assessment or homework packet
  • To demonstrate the scene in front of the class, ask volunteers to assume the voice of one of the characters
Classroom Considerations

  • Questions are mostly comprehension level; consider adding a writing prompt or reflection question
  • You may need to clarify some of the dialect for struggling readers
Pros

  • Provides a thought-provoking passage from the novel
  • Comes with an answer key for the comprehension questions
  • An intro at the top of the guides gives readers some context for the excerpt
Cons

  • None
Common Core