Grade 10 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 12

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In this lesson, students read two excerpts. The first describes Skloot’s encounter with Zakariyya (Henrietta’s son), when he discusses his anger with the Hopkins’ scientists. The second describes a visit that Skloot, Deborah, and Zakariyya make to Hopkins to meet a scientist, who ends up being surprisingly kind to the Lacks family. Students consider how this excerpt affects Zakariyya’s ideas about the medical community. Students continue to pre-search areas of investigation or homework.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.5 Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences...
W.9-10.9.b Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.9-10.4.a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or...

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