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.