Showing posts with label Upton Sinclair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Upton Sinclair. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Would You Eat That? Learn What Is In Your Food

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago recently released a new game designed to promote awareness of the ingredients in common foods. Would You Eat That? presents a food and a list of ten ingredients that you might not expect to find in that food. To play the game you have to correctly identify which four of those ten ingredients is in your food. When I tried the game with a packet of hot cocoa and a bag of dog food, I was surprised at a couple of the ingredients.

Applications for Education
Playing Would You Eat That? brought to mind Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. While the ingredients in the foods in Would You Eat That? aren't as disturbing as what Sinclair discovered, there are still some surprises. Playing the game could teach students about ingredients and what function they perform in creating a tasty food.

And click here if you would like a digital copy of The Jungle as well as one of Sinclair's letters to President Theodore Roosevelt.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Letter from Upton Sinclair to Theodore Roosevelt

Yesterday's document of the day from the National Archives was a letter sent by Upton Sinclair to President Theodore Roosevelt. In the letter Sinclair advises Roosevelt to have the federal inspectors of meat-packing houses wear disguises in order to see the true conditions of the facilities they visit.

In case you need a copy of The Jungle, it is available for free in its entirety on Google Books.

Applications for Education
A couple of the literature teachers in my school have students read The Jungle every year. I'm sure there are many other literature teachers around the country that do the same. This letter from Sinclair to Roosevelt could be a complement to a lesson about Sinclair and his role in the Progressive Era in US History.