by Mary Mallon 1909

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Letter from Mary Mallon: On Being 'Typhoid Mary'" by Mary Mallon.

In the early 1900s, an Irish immigrant cook was accused of infecting dozens of her clients with typhoid fever - although she herself had no symptoms - and quarantined against her will until her death.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Justice, Freedom & Equality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"Which is more important: freedom or security?"

Ways to support your child: