PowerPoint. 17 Slides. Sometimes you just don’t have time for a full unit, and that’s why I designed this mini-unit for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Read my blog post (How I Taught The Jungle in One Week) for an explanation of how I taught this book.
Here’s what to do with this resource:
- Show and discuss these slides to provide students with the prior knowledge they will need to read their own chapter as well as their classmates’ chapters.
- After students have read their chapter independently, assign each student to create a One Chapter One-Pager. A summary of the entire novel and directions for this creative culminating activity comprise the last two slides.
I have not included photos of each slide in the product images, but here is what each slide contains:
- Cover Slide
- Directions for teacher
- Photo and image credits
- Title slide for lecture use
- Sinclair bio slide with photo of author
- More about the novel with political cartoon illustration
- Impact of the novel with vintage magazine cover
- Slide with Sinclair quote and muckraker definition
- Slide about novel’s impact on federal meat inspection law, including the Food and Drugs Act, aka The Wiley Act of 1906
- Details about The Wiley Act
- Before The Jungle (photo with caption of inspectors unpacking a barrel of worm-infested raisins)
- Before The Jungle (photo of Puck magazine with cover illustration that reads, “Look before you eat…”
- Before The Jungle (photo of Sleepy Salts, a “quack” sleep aid that was little more than a laxative)
- A video link to “The Poison Squad” video from PBS/American Experience
- A short summary of The Jungle. Since students are only reading one chapter, they may need to know the bigger picture or gist of the novel.
- One Chapter One-Pager Assignment Cover Slide
- Directions for the One Chapter One-Pager
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