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


About stowestudents

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War. The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

Posted on February 24, 2011, in Curriculum: Grades 7-10. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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