Teacher Review for The Poverty Line

Visual Impact, Confusing Information

Jamey B.
Instructional Coach
Central Community College
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I teach the book 'The Street' which highlights the struggle of a single mom trying to make it in Harlem in the 1940s. I love using information that allows my students to understand the theme of poverty for the book and connect to their life today. The Poverty Line stimulates my students to discuss the reality of food for them and for the characters in the book. I use this site in conjunction with the site, PlaySpent.
My Take
The photography is great, but if you don't already understand that the poverty line numbers represent the amount people can use on food for a day it is confusing. I use this in an unstructured way. I let the students investigate and converse on their own, stepping in when I hear something that connects to the book. It would be hard to create an organized assignment with the site.