The Role of The Jungle in the Early 20th Century

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Study the origins of investigative journalism with a lesson on inquiry, audience, and evidence. Class members examine passages from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the Reynolds report on the conditions in Chicago stockyards in Chicago, and five photographs depicting the Chicago meatpacking plants. They then craft an essay response on how the documents expose the conditions of the meat-packing industry in the early 20th century.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as a practice response for the AP document-based essay question
  • The Reynolds report is quite lengthy; ask groups to focus on a specific section and then to share their analysis with the whole class
  • Rather than making copies of the five photographs, project the images, have groups focus on various elements like framing, focus, and possible intent, and then ask the groups to share their analysis with the whole class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, as well as Reynolds and Neill's report
  • Additional prep time is required to make multiple copies of the lengthy report
Pros

  • The concluding activity asks class members to find modern-day examples of journalists exposing problems in today's society
Cons

  • No rubric is included