AP* Literature Teaching Units
Reproducible curriculum unit
By the end of this unit, students will be able to: identify and interpret the metaphors and similes; explain how the motif of corruption contributes to the development of the theme; examine the symbolism of Packingtown and the stockyards; examine the major themes (capitalism is an evil system fraught with corruption, socialism can overcome the evils of capitalism, outside forces beyond one’s control determine one’s life); investigate the various notions of socialism; investigate the various notions of capitalism; identify the internal changes that take place in Jurgis; understand the difference between muckraking and yellow journalism; find instances of Sinclair’s life reflected in his writing; analyze the structure of the plot and identify examples of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; analyze Sinclair’s mission in writing The Jungle; analyze the use and evaluate the effectiveness of allusions to Pilgrim’s Progress; analyze the author’s choice of setting and characters; identify the structural and thematic purposes of the characters; and examine instances of social Darwinism in the novel. 169 pages. ©2008.
This title is part of the series: AP* LITERATURE TEACHING UNITS