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lesson 7
1 hour

History of Unethical Medical Practice and the African-America Community


In this lesson, students continue reading an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, focusing on the Lacks family’s distrust of Johns Hopkins Hospital and the history of unethical medical practices conducted against the African-American community. Students analyze how Skloot unfolds credible and relevant evidence to support the perspective of the Lacks family. Students also continue searching for topics/issues using the Surfacing Issues Tool, and are introduced to the Exploring a Topic Tool, in which they consider their own reasons for selecting various topics to further explore in research.


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