Grade 10 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 5

Girl Graduating

In this lesson, students continue to read and analyze another excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which Skloot describes cases of HeLa cell misuse and explores issues of informed consent and human experimentation. Students explore this passage through a series of questions and discussion, in which they analyze how Skloot supports a perspective through description and use of language. Students continue to surface issues that emerge from the text and record these issues on their Surfacing Issues Tool.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
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...
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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