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Ms. N from Lake Balboa CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Poverty and Hard Work: The American Dream?

Help me give my students a class set of the non-fiction Nickel and Dimed and the audio version in order to help my students understand how their choices now affect their future.

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My Students

All my students live hard lives, so we escape everyday in my classroom, we attack literature -- we sink in our teeth, we gnaw, we gum, we devour words, language, knowledge. For love and survival.

Though our school is a high poverty school, we are blessed to have great students.

Many come to us in need of nurturing as well as an education. I have students who are homeless, who cannot buy a five dollar book, live in a small apartment with twenty other family members, have restraining orders against abusive parents. They are wonderful kids that deserve an equitable education and the safety only a classroom can provide. Our school is a haven for many of our students and, in my Advanced Placement class for which I am asking this specific donation, these students have risen beyond any barriers and deserve the true success and happiness that awaits them, something that is currently foreign to them. But, in time and with enough encouragement and dedication, will become a tangible reality.

My Project

In the non-fiction novel Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich immerses herself in the world of minimum wage and poverty in order to tell the story of Americans who are scraping and crawling towards the American Dream. Her explorations and conclusions will help the students to understand that many of the choices they make now can affect their future dramatically. They will also see the importance of an education, and the hierarchical nature of our society.

It is important that our students are global thinkers and citizen rhetors.

We plan to have an anticipatory debate where students will physically go to an "agree or disagree" side of the room, and then debate; activities for paired prose and verse; viewing guide and link to a short documentary on poverty; activity guide and link for a poverty simulation activity, and write a rich synthesis essay with a checklist dual rubric. The students will also reflect on their lives and their futures, which as seniors, is necessary foresight.

Ms. N
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America • Amazon Business $10.87 40 $434.80
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99

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