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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin | The Abolitionists

SpotOn Score

3.4
Out of 4.0

Content

3.8

Pedagogy

3.3

Technology

3.0

Standards

N/A

SpotOn Review Summary

3.4 Overall Score

This five-minute segment helps the viewer understand the impact this novel had on the abolitionist movement. Thought-provoking and historically-relevant background information is presented. Supplemental materials offer ideas for discussions, activities, and extensions. 

 

  • Grade Level(s)

    Developed for grades 8-12
  • Discipline

    Social Studies
  • Product Type

    Learning Object (Video)
  • Pricing Model

    This resource is available free of charge.

Spot On

  • This high-quality video accurately presents Harriet Beecher Stowe's motivation.
  • Dramatic reenactments and historian interviews engage students.
  • A background essay provides additional historical information.  

 

Off the Mark

  • Students do not participate in interactive experiences.
  • The Fugitive Slave Law is referenced but not explained.

 

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Content

Content Quality Review

Harriet Beecher Stowe's perspective and motivation for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin is captured with historical accuracy in this high-quality video. By focusing on personal experiences, the clip establishes a clear purpose for her writing of the story. The video emphasizes how Stowe intended to change attitudes toward slavery by presenting a humanized narrative. Support materials prompt discussions. A student worksheet presents research opportunities and additional Internet links, encouraging independent learning.

Content Quality

3.8

Criteria How are these criteria defined?

Accuracy

4.0

Clarity

3.5

Identifying a sense of purpose

4.0

Pedagogy

Pedagogy Review

The video clip uses dramatic reenactments and historian interviews to engage students. The film highlights several ethical dilemmas that engage students in critical thinking. Relevant discussion questions and links to research other reformers are included. These support materials can be easily adapted to accomodate learners of different levels.

Pedagogy

3.3

Criteria How are these criteria defined?

Engaging students

3.5

Differentiation -- Personalized Learning

3.0
Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Create
  • Evaluate
  • Analyze
  • Apply
  • Understand
  • Remember
Instructional Uses
  • Extension
  • Inquiry/Problem Solving
  • Guided Learning
  • Learning Support
  • Assessment

Technology

Technology Review

The video is high quality and easy to navigate. Students can intuitively play and pause the video clip to meet their needs. No tools allow students to interact with the video directly, and no navigational supports are offered. A student worksheet provides links that direct students to additional appropriate content.

Technology

3.0

Criteria How are these criteria defined?

Design

3.0

Student Navigation

3.0

Standards

Topics Alignment Review

This video addresses the topics of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Materials emphasize the connection between reform movements and the causes of the Civil War. The clip also provides an occasion to discuss the role of the individual and the power of the written word to change attitudes.

Topics Alignment

N/A

This content is not standardized curriculum, and as such, it is not measured against state standards.

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Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
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Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

Reviewed on August 11, 2016

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Content & Features

  • Product Type: Learning Object (Video)
  • Subject Area(s): American History
  • Copyright/Release Date: 2013
  • Resource Time: More than 60 minutes
  • Languages: English

PBS Learning Media's Product Description

In this video adapted from American Experience: “The Abolitionists,” featuring historical reenactments, learn about the impact of novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe on the abolitionist movement. Stowe was an author whose commitment to the abolitionist cause was strengthened after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. She responded with the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an immediate best seller that was credited with “putting a human face on slavery” and ultimately helping launch the Civil War.

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