"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Introduction to Jim Crow and the Great Migrations" is a CCRSAE-aligned unit plan targeted for GLE 4–8.9. The unit consists of four (4) lessons that make use of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

This page contains the documents pertaining to Lesson ONE. Please visit the unit page for the other lessons and unit documents, including the final project.

In addition to the following documents, the lesson includes these videos of author Rebecca Skloot explaining how and why she got interested in the story:

 Additional materials that you provide:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • Unit Journal
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Curriculum Development
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
Social Studies
STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading)
Media Type
Resource Type
PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center