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        Waging a Living: Living Wage v. Minimum Wage: What's the Difference?

        POV collaborated with PBS Teachers and Dr. Faith Rogow to produce a lesson plan for teachers interested in Waging a Living as a teaching tool for the high school subject areas of Economics, Civics, Life Skills, U.S. History and Business. This resource group is designed to help students get a better handle on the reality of daily expenses for an adult, and to demonstrate that what they may see as a good wage is barely adequate for some people trying to live on their own.

        http://www.pbs.org/pov/wagingaliving/lesson_plan.php

        Waging a Living: Jerry's Story (Excerpt 1)

        In the first clip associated with the Waging a Living lesson plan, Jerry Longoria, who works as a security guard, talks about how much money he makes and how much he pays for rent at a residence hotel. Students should pay attention to how much he earns and what it buys him. Students should calculate a living wage based on steps in the lesson plan, and compare that wage to Jerry's wage.

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        Waging a Living: Jerry and His Kids (Excerpt 2)

        In the second clip associated with the Waging a Living lesson plan, Jerry Longoria talks about how much he wants to see his kids, who he hasn't seen in nine years. He also reveals that he cannot afford to buy health insurance because it is too expensive. Students should talk about their reactions to Jerry's plight.

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        Waging a Living: Jerry at the Union Meeting (Excerpt 3)

        In the third clip associated with the Waging a Living lesson plan, security guard Jerry Longoria, a member of SEIU, attends a union meeting where the members approve a new contract with health benefits and $.25 raise. Students should watch the entire film and discuss the pros and cons of unions.

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        Waging a Living: Jerry Goes to See His Kids (Excerpt 4)

        In the fourth clip associated with the Waging a Living lesson plan, security guard Jerry Longoria, who hasn't seen his kids in nine years, finally gets the opportunity to do so. He has an emotional reunion with them. Students should watch the film and talk about what expenses a family might incur in addition to the cost of "essentials" like rent and food.

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        Waging a Living: Jerry Loses His Job (Excerpt 5)

        In this clip, Jerry Longoria loses his job as a security guard. He finds a new job that pays him less.

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