Classroom Activities for The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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A 15-page packet includes detailed plans for three activities related to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. To gather background information, class members research topics and create a newspaper page reporting their findings. After finishing the novel, scholars select a character and create a visual symbol to represent the character's change throughout the novel. For the final activity, pupils examine two forms of reform writing: the protest novel and the newspaper op-ed piece. Individuals then create a short protest piece on a topic of their choice.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in the front pages of a variety of newspapers to serve as models
  • Post news pages and visual symbols on a Muckraker themed wall
  • Have groups research more modern examples of investigative journalism and report their findings to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires extra prep time to prepare the puzzle pieces
  • Page numbers are based on the Enriched Classics version of the novel
  • Requires copies
  • Includes specific directions for how to craft a good character-analysis paragraph
  • Each activity includes richly detailed, step-by-step directions
  • None
Common Core