Teacher Guide

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

Bringing in Technology

Throughout the study of Nickel and Dimed, students with disabilities should have the option of using dictation software for writing assignments, and text-to-speech software for reading assignments, or any other ADA-mandated technological accommodations.

Day 1

  • Understanding Welfare Reform and its Effects -- Students will use the internet to conduct research for this activity.
  • Low-Income Life: Making a Budget -- Students will use the internet to conduct research on local jobs, housing, and transit options, as well as software for making a budget.

Day 2

  • The History of Investigative Journalism & "Muckraking" -- Students will need computers for research.
  • Personality Tests -- Students...

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