Day 1

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Understanding Welfare Reform and its Effects

    Kind of Activity:



    Students will research the history of welfare reform, examine its effects, and discuss the pros and cons of this reform.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4


    In order to better understand Ehrenreich's research and arguments as reflected in Nickel and Dimed, it is crucial to have a strong grasp of the messages and ideas that influenced her. Some students may already know a fair amount about welfare reform legislation, its causes, and its effects,...

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