Upton Sinclair and The Jungle Teacher Resources

Books have changed the world and The Jungle is such a book.  Upton Sinclair’s expose of the exploitation of immigrants, and the conditions in the meatpacking plants, like the work of other  investigative journalists during the Progressive Era of United States History, lead to reforms.

Young investigative journalists can follow in Sinclair’s footsteps with a project that asks them to create a multi-media magazine detailing the results of their investigation of the modern food processing industry. Explore those who helped bring about change in a lesson exploring how Florence Kelley led the push to change child labor laws and working hours for women. Bring it to the present day by addressing the current debate over fake news and alternative facts with a resource that asks if investigative journalists are essential to a free society. 

The Jungle is not an easy read. Sinclair’s syntax and diction challenge even strong readers. Lesson Planet provides reading comprehension resources that help learners develop the skills they need to tackle this complex text.

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Upton Sinclair, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harvey W. Wiley

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle, and Urban Living Conditions (1906)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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The Jungle Project: Creating a Magazine

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To conclude a study of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, groups create 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...
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Literature Study Guide - The Jungle

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Guide readers through Upton Sinclair's The Jungle with a packet that provides templates for a reading schedule, a literature question page, and a supplementary list of literary activities. 
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing Industry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore muckraking. In this American history instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining...
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Comparing The Jungle with Fast Food Nation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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...
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The Jungle

For Teachers 11th - 12th
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...
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The Progressive Era: Muckrakers

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
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...
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The Progressive Era: Muckrakers Grade 8

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
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.
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions about Sinclair's The Jungle. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
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The Jungle: Character Analysis Writing Assignment

For Students 10th - 12th
Activate character analysis skills with this short paper prompt for Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Writers explain the significance of a chosen character, using character traits, decisions, and actions to support their argument. This...
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The Role of The Jungle in the Early 20th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 6-11

For Students 9th - 12th
For 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.
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 18-22

For Students 9th - 12th
In this reading comprehension activity, students read chapters 18-22 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 8 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
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Literature About Chicago: Prose vs. Poetry

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
In this comprehension exercise, readers compare Carl Sandburg's "Chicago" to a description of the city from Upton's Sinclair's The Jungle.
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The Progressive Movement

For Teachers 10th - 11th
While the Progressives never formed a political party they did develop an ideology. Provide viewers with an interesting, yet challenging presentation on the Progressive Movement that introduces key individuals and highlights key events...
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Picturing America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 1-4

For Students 8th - Higher Ed
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.
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 12-17

For Students 8th - 12th
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.
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 23-26

For Students 9th - 12th
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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Jungle Study Guide

For Students 9th - 12th
For this immigrant life worksheet, students read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and then respond to 30 short answer questions based on the novel.
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The Power of Fiction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners 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. Learners investigate other...
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The Jungle and Readers Response

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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.
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Excerpt from The Jungle

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A reading of an excerpt from The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's exposé of the meatpacking industry, launches a discussion of business ethics and the power of investigative journalism.

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