Teacher Guide

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will study the story of Henrietta Lacks, paying special attention to the questions of medical ethics, race, and economical injustice that surround the development of HeLa.

  2. 2

    Students will form and defend their opinions on ethical questions raised by the book.

  3. 3

    Students will analyze the structure and style of this non-fiction work, considering how Skloot uses literary and reporting techniques to tell a true, highly-researched story.

  4. 4

    Students will discuss and write about the themes in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, using evidence...

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