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Ms. O'Reilly from Tallahassee FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Henrietta Lacks and Science in the ELA Classroom

Help me give my students an opportunity to expand their reading experience by attaining a class set (35) of the book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

  • $554 goal

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My Students

My students come from a low-income community in which school is often their outlet. Despite their economic disadvantage, my students seek opportunities to excel in a city that may often count them out. The struggles my students deal with during their childhood are beyond any hardship that some adults will ever face in their life. For that reason, many of them work so much harder to prove that they should be afforded the same opportunities as their counterparts across town.

My students are resilient.

They come from a community that prides itself on resiliency, strength, and overcoming all odds. For that reason, they deserve and want to be given the same educational opportunities as any other student in any other school. They work to ensure their dedication to their area of expertise (no matter the subject area) is never overlooked.

My Project

Most of what students will read in the real-world is not literature. Though literature is my passion, I am looking for texts that engage students in content-specific topics. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" leads students on a journey to parts of science they may have never known existed.

For me, this book was a jumping point to my interest in science literature; I am hoping "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" will do the same for my students.

They have the ability to grapple with vocabulary that will be unfamiliar but it is paired with a story that is riveting.

This novel will be used to dive into the life of a woman that students may be able to connect to while learning how her cells helped changed the medical field forever.

Ms. O'Reilly
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Education $12.41 35 $434.35

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