Friday, April 17, 2009

"The John Brown Freedom Center" (???)

As an IB school, we at Sturgis try to promote student inquiry. This means that students are encouraged to be curious about different topics and subjects that interest them.

Today, Friday, April17th, we are in the computer lab to work on an inquiry-based project relating to John Brown.

Click here so we can go through the directions together.

After we (as a group) are done with the slide show, click here for the assignment and links.

The worksheet is in google docs and attached on my website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a massive bestselling book of the antebellum era that framed slavery as a moral struggle. As a a member of a prominent family of reformers (mom worked for temperance, Dad was a minister) Ms. Stowe's life and work fits in well with our study of the Second Great Awakening, reform movements, and abolition. As much as it was praised for its abolitionist message, Uncle Tom's Cabin has also been criticized.

Your task is to do some research on the internet about why Uncle Tom's Cabin has been criticized. Then, you will post a comment summarizing some of the criticism you found and assessing the validity of that criticism. Essentially, you will be responding to the criticism and sharing your informed opinion on the book (but without actually reading the book itself). If that seems too difficult, write a post about what you learned about the book through your research. Post should be 3-5 sentences, identify yourself by first name and last initial.

Remember our standards for credible websites; skip sites that lack an educated author, inline (within the sentence) citations, etc.