In December, the Linden Community School Board approved a change in the Advanced American Literature curriculum that allowed students to participate in the 2020 Great Michigan Read by adding the book What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha as a pilot replacement for Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. The book is placed in the curriculum to support a research paper writing assignment.
The book is a first-hand account of the science and activism used to uncover and recover from the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. George first engaged her students in cross-curricular discussions with Mr. Cox (Biology), Mr. Bodzick (Government), and Mr. Schneider (Sociology). LHS senior, Mikayla Dettman, contacted Dr. Mona to invite her to meet with students. Dettman is an instructional leader for the course and, in addition to assisting students with assignments in the class, was instrumental in providing this opportunity for her fellow students.
Students had the opportunity to discuss the history of Flint, scientific research, the writing process, and the long-term implications of the environmental crisis in Flint with the author. Other opportunities for exploring the topics presented in the book are planned for students as they approach their research paper assignment.
The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.