Teacher Guide

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

Notes to the Teacher

In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America, Ehrenreich references numerous historical and economic trends, cultural figures, and influential authors with whom students may have varying levels of familiarity, so most classes would benefit from integrating this book with a broader exploration the United States's history with economics, lower-wage communities, and poverty. Some of the Classroom Activities include ideas for extending the activities into larger units or topics for exploration.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis. The questions provided for the...

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