Should this book be a part of the six grade curriculum?
I believe that the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,is suitable for the grade six curriculum. Although the text has beenpredominantly used by tenth graders, it has much to offer for youngerstudents. One of the most important elements required when learningabout the American history is the ability to make connections andcomprehend situations in a progressive and consequential manner. Thebook provides a story that is not only dramatic and dynamic but alsohas multiple facets that can influence the learner’s perception ofhistory. In this regard, learners should be able to understand thestory in its finest components. For example, they should be able toidentify the contributions of the characters, such as John Moore, tothe entire story besides denoting their significance. They shouldalso understand the cause-effect relationships between the actions byindividual characters such as that made to commercialize the cells onthe donors. Finally, the book gives the learners an opportunity toreflect on life issues and their environment. For instance, the topicon informed consent is a key element in the book (Skloot 31) as it isin life and, in this regard, the book makes it possible for learnersto realize its significance.
Would you suggest this book to a friend?
I find this book fascinating and I would suggest it to a friend. Thebook takes away the reader from a world of literature dominated byfiction to give an immaculate presentation of a real-life scenariothat is just very easy to get through. Unlike other scientific books,this one makes aspects of medicine and cells apparent to theaudience, even one that has preference for social sciences andhumanity. To make it more interesting, the story makes the author acomponent of the story using a journalistic approach. Mostimportantly, the book is educative and informative where the readeris taken to a journey of discovery, particularly on the issues ofrace, society, and historical happenings. The book offers differentviewpoints for individuals in diverse fields of interest althoughsome lessons remain critical to all readers. For instance, the issueof ethics in medical practice prevails to the end of the book HeLadid not have knowledge that cells had not only been removed but werebeing used in cancer research, gene mapping, and cloning. The issueof justice can also not be ignored considering that neither HeLa northe members of her family received any benefit from thecommercialization of the cells (Skloot 9).
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks.New York: Pan Macmillan, 2011. Print.
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