Imagine IT: Phase 6 Knowing that there are about forty chapters in the book and about forty weeks of school, I knew that there was no time to waste. I began implementing my Imagine IT project during the first week of school. During the summer, I ordered a copy of Henrietta Lacks for every student in my seventh grade science class. During the second week of school, I received a student from Puerto Rico who is predominantly a Spanish language speaker. Shortly after her arrival, I ordered the book in Spanish, which is also available. I also ordered the audio cd. Since this book is a higher reading level than most of my students, I knew that they would need a lot of scaffolding. Listening to chapter read-alouds was a great alternative to having the students read the book by themselves or in groups. I would also like to point out that our network Powerful Practices at the moment are read-alouds, so this was a nice coincidence. Following, I will make a timeline of the chapters that we have read accompanied by the lessons I have attached to those chapters. I will include what has worked and what has not. As of mid February, we have only listened to thirteen chapters. While I do not consider this a failure, I have to admit that reading a chapter a week was much more time consuming than I had anticipated. About every one or two weeks, we have listened to a chapter in the Henrietta Lacks book and discussed it together. The discussion questions are taken from author Rebecca Skloot’s web page and are used for comprehension and discussion: http://rebeccaskloot.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/RHSklootTeachersGuideLORES.pdf. We also pull words from the chapters that are new to us, define them and add them to our HeLa Vocabulary Word Wall. Prologue: The Woman in the Photograph This chapter served as an introduction to cells and cell structures. The cell is introduced in this chapter using a simile which compares it to a fried egg. According to the book, it has a white cytoplasm and a yolk, the nucleus. While this is not a detailed comparison, it serves as an introduction to cell parts and functions. These lessons lead to cell division and mitosis. Discussion Questions: 1.The author uses several similes to describe cells. What simile does she use to describe the way a cell looks? 2. What simile does she use to explain the functions of the different parts of a cell? What do these similes suggest about biology? 3. What is mitosis? What beneficial biological processes involve mitosis? What happens when there is a mistake during the process of mitosis? Our first Quickfire was a Stop-Motion video representing the steps of mitosis (attached).