For Instructors

Instructors may wish to use the Random House study guide for class discussions. While designed for high school students, the chapter by chapter discussion questions provide an excellent resource for UNIV 100 classes. Other guides are also included below.

Immortal LifeDiscussion Questions and Resources

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Teaching Guide (Random House)
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks contains three main narratives, each with unique
    applications to the disciplines of language arts, history, and science. As a result, this guide is structured to provide discussion and writing activities that will engage students in
    researching, reading, and writing across the curriculum.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Reader's Guide (Rebecca Skloot)
    A reader's guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks provided on the author's website.

Project Ideas and Unit Plans

  • Towards a Critical Sociology of Health Disparities (Charles H. Settles)
    In this course, students will learn to decenter the power of white privilege to stand absolute by critiquing its dominance (Collins 1986, 1991, & 1998; Feagin et al., 1996). In constructing this decentering critical sociology of health disparities, students will challenge reified power relations or what they have been previously and unquestioningly taken-for-granted, and replace them with some alternative knowledge or thinking (Collins 1998; Wolff 1976 & 1983). Includes an interactive read aloud of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. See links below for reading strategies referenced.

Reading and Writing Strategies

  • Literature Discussion Strategies (Kathy G. Short via University of Arizona)
    See Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Kathy G. Short and Jerome Harste, Heinemann, 1996. Helpful resource for reading strategies to use in the classroom.

  • Socratic Seminar (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research)
    The National Paideia Center, which has developed extensive materials on using seminars in classrooms, defines a Socratic seminar as a ‘collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.’

  • Socratic Seminar (Read Write Think)
    This strategy guide explains Socratic seminars and offers practical methods for applying the approach in your classroom to help students investigate multiple perspectives in a text.

  • Twenty-One Red Hot Process Drama Tools for More Effective and Exciting Teaching (Karla Huntsman)
    Process drama is a specific form of drama particularly suited to engaging students deeply in whatever subject is being taught. The following tools can be used singly to make a lesson plan more meaningful or in various combinations to form a complete process drama exploration.

  • Philosophical Chairs: A Tool to Teach Critical Thinking (SDCOE)
    "Philosophical Chairs" is a technique to allow students to critically think, verbally ponder and logically write their beliefs.

Social Media and Multimedia in the Classroom

Service Learning and Social Justice

  • (In development)