8th Grade HeLa Integrated Curriculum Project


8th Graders are taking the first steps into the wondrous world of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was a courageous woman whose family stood tall against the medical world in their pursuit of treatment for her illness and in speaking out about the effect that it had on them as a family. Her story changed how the medical world treated patients and it questioned the community’s ethics regarding medical treatment and experimentation.

The Science, Language Arts, and Rabbinics departments will be working hand-in-hand over the next several months, offering to the entire eighth grade class and parents, a grade-wide read of the bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Cross curriculum discussions and invited guest speakers will help us uncover issues related to: bio-ethics, literary analysis, Jewish law and modern medical ethics, the science of genetics, and much more.

Parents and 8th graders were invited to join the Hadassah community this week at a panel discussion including some of Henrietta Lacks’ family members, along with a geneticist to speak about current issues in the field of bioethics.

Programs later in the year will include art projects, curricular explorations, as well as guest speakers.

Let our journey begin!