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lesson 3
1 hour

Language and Word Choice Surfacing an Issue


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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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 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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