Upton Sinclair Teacher Resources
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Students explore muckraking. In this American history lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining to muckraking and the meat-packing industry.
As you explore an excerpt from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle with your class, discuss how his descriptions of the meat-packing industry caught the public's attention and helped to promote change in the Progressive Era.
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.
Students explore fiction that moves individuals to social action. In this literature lesson, students read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and analyze its literary worth as well as its investigative journalism. Students investigate other novels using the same methods.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 11 multiple choice questions about Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students identify the conditions that many workers faced during the Industrial Revolution. They work collaboratively to explain and identify key elements from Chapter 14 of The Jungle.
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.
Young scholars 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 lesson, 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.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 14 fill in the blank questions regarding the Progressive Movement. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students study the proper temperature and technique to cook ground meat safely. They examine the critical control points when ground beef is being processed.
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.
Learners 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. Learners also rewrite portions of the novel and participate in a simulated Congressional hearing pertaining to abuses of the meat-packing industry.
Young scholars read several editorials such as those written by Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and Ida Tarbell. They recognize the similarities between several editorials and summarize and outline the arguments presented in several editorials.
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.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions about Sinclair's The Jungle. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
Images, images. Young people today are surrounded by images and it is critical that they become aware of how they are impacted by these images. Here's a series of activities that encourage learners to develop their skills in reading visuals and to develop awareness of the appeals used to attract their attention. The first activity has class members reading two early 20th century short stories and an excerpt from The Jungle. They then access The Library of Congress American Memory website and select an image to go with each text. Class discussion focuses on why individuals feel their choices are appropriate. Complete directions for the activities and links to all resources are included in the packet.