Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich


In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, journalist and author Barbara Ehrenreich shares her experience going under cover to work low-wage jobs across America. In the process, she learns how difficult it is to eat, find shelter, and survive earning poverty-level wages.

Nickel and Dimed was one of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2010. Some reasons cited for censorship include its religious and political viewpoints, offensive language, and drugs.

Activity: Use this teacher's guide for Nickel and Dimed to discuss Ehrenreich's experiences under cover, the treatment of low-wage workers, and what students learned about poverty in America.

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