We can’t wait for your students to read Scope’s May 2018 paired texts, “What If This Was Your Water?” and “Little Miss Flint.” These texts take a powerful look at the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The first is an informational text exploring how the crisis began and what is being done about it. The second is an interview with Mari Copeny (“Little Miss Flint”), a young changemaker who is raising her voice to help her city. We’ve collected four engaging resources for your students to explore after they read the article and the interview. Students may then choose from one of the culminating tasks listed at the end of this post.
Post these questions in your classroom for students to refer to as they explore the resources:
1. What responsibilities do elected officials have to the people they represent?
2. How should a crisis be handled?
3. Why is access to clean water important?
4. Is access to clean water a human right?