Literature 35: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a touching, yet shocking tale of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge, ultimately influenced almost every aspect of medicine today. As scientists often point out, if you’ve taken anything stronger than an aspirin, you can probably thank Henrietta. The book is a New York Times bestseller, but many who read its pages are often left with many questions about the family, medical ethics and racial and privacy issues. We talk with Henrietta’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter about the book, Henrietta and the soon to be made HBO movie based on this book.

Student Tools

Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.


Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.


Teacher Tool 329: Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources

Educate.Today is full of primary sources to use with your students. This teacher tool focuses on understanding the difference between primary sources and secondary sources and provides an example of an activity to do with students to build their effective use of primary sources in a research project.