By looking into how poverty affected diverse cultures as they tried to create productive lives in America, students will learn how the American spirit developed and changed over the years as well as how it can involve them today. Poverty is a common topic for writers who explore the struggles of these diverse populations as it affected them in such areas as their work lives, education, dreams, lifestyles, etc. Students will be exposed to a variety of writing styles such as fiction, nonfiction, memoir, autobiography, and photo-text to delve into issues related to poverty in America.
This course will begin by looking into different cultures whose lives in America consisted of such varied topics as hardship, crime, welfare, or determination to get out of poverty – to “make it” in America. As the current generation of students, the future of America, looks into these issues of poverty, they will explore what they can accomplish as they move into their career paths. Students will discuss, analyze, and draw conclusions concerning the American and local spirit and how knowing about the poverty of the past, will help them understand the realities of the less fortunate.