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lesson 12
1 hour

Two Encounters, Two Perspectives


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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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 12. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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