Date of Defense




First Advisor

Jonathan Bush, English

Second Advisor

Jason Olsen, English

Third Advisor

Karen Vocke, English


lesson plans


Literature in the English classroom should give students the opportunity to explore the voices of a diverse range of people, especially in a school system that is becoming increasingly diverse itself. By exposing students to literature that engages them in important social issues, students become aware of a world beyond their own. Marginalized literature shows students different perspectives that exist in the world in which they live. Ehrenreich's autoethnography Nickel and Dimed is a window into the lives of the working poor based on her own personal experiences and research during a time when the views surrounding those in poverty are becoming distorted. A brief synopsis of the book and unit plans are included in this thesis.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access