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Young scholars explore muckraking. In this American history lesson plan, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Young scholars respond to discussion questions pertaining to muckraking and the meat-packing industry.
Using Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, guide your class in the process of identifying unknown terms using context clues and formulating text-based answers. The lesson plan includes a useful worksheet incorporating scaffolding questions on an excerpt from the text, as well as two potential rubrics you can use for follow-up assessment writing.
Where's the beef? Should you eat it? Young investigative journalists are asked to read excerpts from Upton Sinclair's 1906 The Jungle, and guided by a list of questions, compare Sinclair's muckraking novel about in the Chicago meatpacking industry to Eric Schlosser's, 2002 Fast Food Nation. Individuals then craft a one-page essay identifying the goal of the excerpts, the kinds of details the writers use, and possible effects of these exposes. There's a lot of meat here. Consider expanding the lesson beyond the one period and including other modern muckrakers like Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock.
Guide your class through Upton Sinclair's The Jungle with this reading activity. A reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary activities makes this book report form a great addition to your junior high or high school class. The activity would work in any class setting, not just homeschool.
Students discuss problems immigrants may have when coming to a new country. They take on the role of a law maker from the era and create an action plan and policy based on samples they read (links provided). Students discuss ways their plans would have benefitted a character in the book. They read and discuss current labor laws.
Tenth graders examine how ground beef is processed. In this process and manufacturing instructional activity, 10th graders recognize control points during beef processing. They will identify the proper temperature during ground beef processing and safe handling procedures.
Students consider the plight of immigrant workers. In this undocumented immigrant lesson, students compare the worker of the Industrialization era to the undocumented immigrant workers of today. Students read and discuss literature about the topic and may conduct further research on the exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers.
Students examine the Gilded Age. In this Progressive Era lesson, students read an excerpt from The Jungle and respond to analysis questions. Students also analyze images from the era in collaborative groups and share their findings with their classmates. Students may also try common American foods of the era.
Students investigate the events that created the historical context for the Progressive Era in the United States. They evaluate the conflicts of business and common people of the time. The research is done using primary and secondary resources in order to write a report.
Students take an inside look at Industrial Revolution issues. In this Industrial Revolution lesson, students read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and conduct research regarding the author. Students also rewrite portions of the novel and participate in a simulated Congressional hearing pertaining to abuses of the meat-packing industry.
Students chose a novel which includes social criticism to read. After reading the book, they use the internet to research the issue in the novel and work with others to develop a presentation. In their presentation, they identify the problem and identify possible solutions.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.