Day 4

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

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Representing Ehrenreich's Experiences & Findings

    Kind of Activity:

    Artistic Response


    Students will further evaluate Ehrenreich's portrayals of the experience of living with low-wage work and create their own creative interpretations of her ideas.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.2


    As students have, at this point, read the entire book, their understandings of Ehrenreich's ideas around poverty, low-wage work, and workers rights will have certainly become expansive and complex. As such, before delving into the creative aspect of this...

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