This is an educational activity provided by a national organization and aligned to the reading of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
There are several goals of this project:
To enhance student literacy and understanding of biomedical ethics by learning about Hela cells and why they are important to science
how Hela cells are related to most current drugs and research
To discuss the ethics behind the procurement of the cells and usage/profitability from them.
Target Student Population:
This project presents activities useful for high school students or those enrolled in introductory college courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The student should have a basic background in biology: cell structure, cell division, basic genetics.
Type of Material:
A variety of material is presented: links to interactive websites; worksheets for use with students; rubrics for use in assessment activities.
Either as a project in a biology class or to have students read sections (three in total) and write a synapsis on their thoughts and feelings about that section. ie their Aha moments, likes and dislikes about that section.
Evaluation and Observation
Well-written, assessment-based activities (some with associated rubrics for evaluation)
Broken up into sections Explains the ethics and the dilemmas behind using her cells
None--very clear how to use and implement the activities on this website
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very clear activities that are able to be completed in class or within an extended out of class assignment
These activities also promote higher Bloom's level thinking about issues in biomedical science today
Great for discussions and class debates
Can add questions pertaining to the sections on your exam
Can easily fit into a lecture about cells and medical rights
Needs to be structured in ways to lead the conversation in a productive direction
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use
the guidance from this site lets you organize discussions and introduce the topic easily
All links appear to be working and information is presented very clearly to the user