Income Gap

A Modern Problem that Appeared in Ancient Rome

A. Do some research.

1. Find out what social class means HERE.
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2. Find out what middle class means HERE.
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3. People become unemployed for various reasons. Find 2 reasons that are not the fault of employees HERE.
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4.  Find 6 effects of poverty on people in the World Book article HERE.
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5. People become homeless. Find 6 ways homelessness affects people HERE.
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B. Write a paragraph using this outline.

In Ancient Rome, there were some people who were very wealthy. There were even more people who were very poor.  And near the end of the Roman Empire, there were fewer and fewer people who were somewhere between these two extremes.  Our society today has the same problem. [Explain what a social class is in a sentence or two.] [Explain what middle class means in a sentence or two.] Nowadays, more and more people are leaving the middle class and becoming poor. Some people are losing their jobs and they have done nothing wrong. [Explain why people become unemployed.] As a result, many unemployed people are living in poverty. [Explain the effects of poverty.] Some people are even becoming homeless. [Explain the effects of homelessness.] Much like in ancient Roman times, life today is difficult for many people.

 

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