Upton Sinclair, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harvey W. Wiley

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Though Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle shocked the American public into a thorough examination of the meat-packing industry, the author was disappointed that his book's main argument—the exploitation of American immigrants—was not part of the larger discussion. Young historians take a closer look at Sinclair's claims, evidence, and conclusion before analyzing the contributions of Theodore Roosevelt and Harvey Washington Wiley to consumer welfare reform.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the reading for homework the night before class discussion
  • Create a cross-curricular assignment in which social studies classes investigate the history of consumer rights legislation, science classes conduct experiments on spoiled food and preservation, and language arts classes read The Jungle
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of a two-lesson unit found here
  • Lesson requires two class periods
  • Designed for middle school classrooms but applicable for high schoolers as well
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  • Only requires pupils to read an excerpt (chapter 14) of the book for prior knowledge
  • Provides thought-provoking discussion questions and writing prompts
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