Discussion Questions for On Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

For many students, ''On Dumpster Diving'' will be the first time they are directly confronted with questions about homelessness. For others, this essay may be very personal. In all cases, these questions can help your students work through and engage with this material.

On Dumpster Diving

On Dumpster Diving is a 1992 nonfiction essay by Lars Eighner, chronicling his advice and adventures as a Dumpster-diver or scavenger. The essay has often been used to help challenge assumptions about homelessness and promote the humanity of those that have adopted (either voluntarily or not) this system of subsistence. The following discussion questions can help guide your students through the themes and ideas of this essay, but are also designed to be adaptable to the grade, skills, interests, and needs of your class.

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