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High schoolers explore muckraking. In this American history lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. High schoolers respond to discussion questions pertaining to muckraking and the meat-packing industry.
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.
Students explore the methods investigative journalists use. In this investigative reporting lesson, students use Jacob Riis photographs, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the movie All the President's Men, and read about the Tailwind fiasco to study investigative journalism, its ethics, pressures, and past mistakes. Students write an essay, product an investigative piece, a news article, and journal entry.