Grades 7 – 10: Making Connections
Talk about it
Many Americans had ignored slavery; Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book that helped them change their views. The book was a best seller but it was also controversial. Stowe received threats for speaking out (though no harm came to her).
What current issues in this country or around theworld need more attention?
Why are they ignored?
How can we take action on these issues?
Write About It
Stowe’s critics accused her of inaccuracies and creating false images of the South. Her response to this criticism was to publish A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this book, Stowe provided the real-life stories she used to create her novel.
Using the Opinion section of your local newspaper, choose an issue that interests you. Respond to a writer with a different point of view than your own.
What facts can you use to support your argument?
This activity correspond with Let Your Words Change the World: A Bicentennial Celebration of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Unit 4 curriculum for grades 7 – 10. Lessons are published weekly in the Hartford Courant from January 26 – February 16. To sign up or to find out more information, please contact Julia Baldini, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org