Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle, and Urban Living Conditions (1906)

Upton Sinclair intended to write The Jungle in order to call attention to the living conditions and the treatment of immigrant workers in the meat-packing industry in 1906. As a close reading exercise, class member examine three pages from Sinclair's novel that focus on the living and working conditions in Chicago.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate working conditions in the food industry for migrant workers, recent cases of salmonella outbreaks, and food recalls before crafting an essay in which they evaluate the effectiveness of current regulations
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of four pages from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
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Pros
  • The text pages are included in the packet
Cons
  • None
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