The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Assignment (Halle Woodfin)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Assignment (Halle Woodfin)

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T HE I MMORTAL L IFE OF H ENRIETTA L ACKS A SSIGNMENT Boyd, GEP 101, sections 6 and 7 (25 points) Name Halle Woodfin At the beginning of our semester, we will begin to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which corresponds with the University’s Public Affairs theme for 2011-12: The Culture of Connectivity. This assignment will take you through the text and require you to think about what you’ve read. Read the book, and then choose one of the response questions to answer. You can turn this in at the deadline listed on our GEP 101 Syllabus, or you can do this as soon as you’d like and turn it in. Readings As you read each division of pages each week as listed in our GEP 101 Syllabus, record your reactions to what you’ve read here. Save this document to your computer, and write a good paragraph (4-6+ sentences) for each reaction; space everything out as necessary. You will print all of these reactions to turn in when you’re finished: 1. Read pages xiii–9 . Record your reaction to what you read here: a. What I absolutely love that Skloot does in this book is not changing the way people talked. She even states, “I’ve done my best to capture the language with which each person spoke and wrote.” The most important factor I look at when reading a book is the ability to feel like I’m there and can relate to the characters. By her telling the story in others words I feel more drawn the book. I also like the fact they Skloot is writing on something that she herself is very interested in. You can tell she has put a lot of hours of research into this book, and it has paid off. 2. Read pages 13–41 . Record your reaction to what you read here: a. I would have to say the most surprising aspects I found about these chapters are the way she lived, the radiation treatment, and how she hid her pain from everyone. Henrietta had a pretty tough childhood compared to the life a lot of us live now. Yes I know there are still farmers who get up early to tend the herd, but never today would you see kids out farming instead of getting an education. I feel this is what made Henrietta the strong woman she was. Another subject that intrigued me was the way radiation treatment was given back then. We sure have made advancements in medicine in that field. I guess no one knew the dangers of just sticking a radium filled tube against someone’s skin. The last topic is the fact that Henrietta never let anyone see how much pain she was in. I have so much respect for this woman. I don’t think I could go through what she has gone through and not show pain or emotion. Henrietta Lacks was a very strong woman. 3. Read pages 42–62 . Record your reaction to what you read here: a. These chapters were really intense and sad. These chapters just showed how strong and hard headed Henrietta was. The way she explained the cancer sent chills up and down my spine. I couldn’t image what she was going through and
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the pain she was in. It was also nice to see how Rebecca Skloot first made contact
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course GEP 101 taught by Professor Carmen during the Fall '11 term at Missouri State University-Springfield.

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