Grade 10 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 3


In this lesson, students continue to read and analyze The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, focusing on how Skloot provides a narrative account of Henrietta’s deteriorating health. In small groups, students explore the care Henrietta receives from the Johns Hopkins medical staff through analysis of Skloot’s specific word choice and purposeful use of language. Additionally, students begin the research process by learning how to surface issues and pose inquiry questions using a Surfacing Issues Tool and Posing Inquiry Questions Handout.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...
RI.9-10.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to...
W.9-10.9.b Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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