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Muckraking Investigations. 1. You have just time-traveled back approximately 105 years. Assume the role of a “muckraker” to investigate problems with living and working conditions, the environment, politics, and society in the early 20 th century.

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Muckraking investigations

Muckraking Investigations


Muckraking investigations

  • 1. You have just time-traveled back approximately 105 years. Assume the role of a “muckraker” to investigate problems with living and working conditions, the environment, politics, and society in the early 20th century.

  • 2. You will conduct field investigations about these problems and then choose one topic to expose to the American public. At each station, identify and describe the problem that you uncovered. What is going on, and what’s causing them?

  • 3. You will use your notes in writing an investigative report.

  • 4. With a partner, you will investigate 7 of the 13 problems at the four field sites.


Muckraking investigations

  • 5. Read corresponding sections for each field site:

    • Field site 1: Sec 9.1,9.3

    • Field site 2: Sec 9.3

    • Field site 3: Sec 9.1, 9.3

    • Field site 4: Sec 9.1, 9.2, 9.3

  • 6. Write individual investigative report

  • 7. Share with other groups.


Writing an investigative report

Writing an Investigative Report

  • As a muckraker, you uncovered alarming information about problems in American society at the turn of the century. You will now expose what you learned to the American public by writing a front page newspaper report that will stir your readers to action


Muckraking investigations

  • 1. An appropriate and appealing TITLE for your Newspaper along with an appropriate DATE.

  • 2. A eye catching HEADLINE and byline including your NAME.

  • 3. An Introduction with a brief explanation of muckraking and an overview of what you plan to expose in your article–Pick one of the sites: Society, Politics, Environment, or Cities &Workplace

  • 4. One paragraph describing the problems you uncovered at your field site. Use vivid and shocking language! This paragraph should include at least 3 pieces of info from your notes

  • 5. A conclusion summarizing the reasons your readers should take action to address the problems you uncovered

  • 6. A “photograph” from your investigation with a brief caption. This can be a drawing you make or a copy of a photo from a book or internet. It can depict something you wrote about in the article.

  • 7. Any other clever and creative touches that will make your article more realistic.


Discussion q s

Discussion Q’s

  • What problems did Americans face at the turn of the century?

  • Which were the most significant? Least significant?

  • Why do you think muckrakers were important in bringing these problems to the attention of the American public?


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