Making A Class Of Vegetarians

| Learning | March 28, 2017

(I am teaching my eleventh grade history class about the Progressive Movement. As part of the unit, I have them read an excerpt from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. I have two unusually rowdy, but good classes. Everything has gone smoothly up until this point.)

Me: “While you are reading, pay attention to details.”

Student #1: “This is disgusting. How can people do this?”

Student #2: “Did people really eat this?”

Me: “Oh, sure. There was even an episode of [Popular Forensics Show] that displayed the results of non-Kosher killing methods. Some parts are not good for humans to eat.”

Student #3: “So is this now… or… like… a long time ago?”

Me: “This is during the late 1800s. This is when there were no government regulations. I…” *suddenly stops, wide-eyed in shock* “Uh oh…”

Student #4: “What? What’s wrong?!”

Me: “I forgot to tell that to first block…”

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