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Published October 02, 2013, 09:36 PM

Government shutdown affects Moorhead High English lesson

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The frustration over the government continues, and tonight, how it can suddenly trickle down to you and me. In this case, a Moorhead High School classroom, studying “Of Mice and Men.”

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The frustration over the government continues, and tonight, how it can suddenly trickle down to you and me. In this case, a Moorhead High School classroom, studying “Of Mice and Men.”

How surprised would Steinbeck be to know his classic, “Of Mice and Men” would become the center piece of conversation of a Moorhead High Honors English class.

Students in Rebecca Meyer-Larson's class are researching the Great Depression and the American Dream as part of reading Steinbeck's novel. Part of this included researching the impressive and lucrative photos on the Library of Congress website. Except...

Shut down. Turned away.

Meyer-Larson: “Crashed the whole lesson.”

Seamus Neill, Moorhead High student: “Kind of interesting because it proves this shutdown isn't just something on the news; it affects a lot of people.”

But rather than just moving on with the day, Rebecca Meyer-Larson used the government shutdown as a teaching moment, using the connection between the shutdown and their book, “Of Mice and Men.”

Jack Mullally, Moorhead High student: “Shows how there is a larger wedge being driven between the lower and upper class.”

Meyer-Larson: “It was interesting for them to see how the shutdown impacted them personally and then it was a whole extra lesson.”

These soon to be taxpayers getting a taste of American politics, how it works and this case, how it does not.

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