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by Upton Sinclair

1906

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Excerpt from The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a famous twentieth century poet who often experimented with different genres. The Jungle, published in 1906, exposed the harsh conditions of the meatpacking industry in Chicago and other similar industrial cities. Public pressure during the aftermath of the book’s publication led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act, which helps ensure that meat is packaged under sanitary conditions.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of America and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How has America changed over time?" and "How do people create change?"

Ways to support your child: