This is a staple to any US History course. The intro box explains why The Jungle was published, as well as the results of Sinclair's work. I included my favorite excerpt from the text about how sausage is made, and included five comprehension questions to check for understanding. After students are to read a short informational passage about the Pure Food and Drug Act with a double sided journal. This meets NYS standard requirements for 8th and 11th grade.
Just to add a little more fun to class, I included a quick video of the History Channel's How Its Made: Hot Dogs....the kids are rather critical of their food now!