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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 instructional activity beyond the one period and including other modern muckrakers like Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 11 multiple choice questions about Upton Sinclair's The JungleStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
"The task is your task–yours to dream, yours to resolve, yours to execute." To conclude a study of Upton Sinclair's, The Jungle, groups are tasked with creating a multi-media magazine in which they investigate one aspect of the foods industry. The packet details the requirements for the project, and includes rubrics for assessing not only the project itself but the performances of groups members as well. A perfect project in an age of product labeling and GMOs.
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.
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.
Learners take an inside look at Industrial Revolution issues. In this Industrial Revolution lesson plan, 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.
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 literature worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions about Sinclair's The JungleStudents 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.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Upton Sinclair's The JungleStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read chapters 6-11 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 12 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, high schoolers read chapters 18-22 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 8 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
In this The Jungle worksheet, students discuss the theme, symbolism, and political views presented in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  Students construct essays related to the Sinclair's depiction of capitalism and socialism.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read chapters 1-4 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 11 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read chapters 12-17 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 9 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read chapters 23-26 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 7 short answer questions based on the reading selection.

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