In this middle school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining the root causes of poverty, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and ways to break the cycle of poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.