Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Reading Update

I hope you all are enjoying the summer reading Immortal Life of Hentrietta Lacks. If you haven’t started reading it yet, I highly suggest you do so. The reading and poster project are due 8-13-18 and at the time of this writing, that is nearly a month away.

I’ve begun my own re-read of the book to be up to date on the material. A discussion is being tentatively planned for around the week of the 13th (lesson plans are fluid at this point in time). I’ll share my thoughts then.

Now for something that may help most of you out. I stumbled upon this article that lists The Five Contributions HeLa Cells Have Made To Science. This is a nice starting point for multiple research poster projects and something I highly recommend checking into as you work on your respective projects.

“Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.”
-Thomas Huxley


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AP Biology Summer 2018 Assignment


This is a fun course, but it is a challenge. To help best prepare you for the class, I have developed a summer assignment. The due dates are included in the document.

The point of summer assignment is not to overwork you but instead prepare you. I encourage you to take your time with the reading and don’t rush things. Take time and reflect on the book.

As Summer approaches remember, spending time with your family is important. That is why I included the scavenger hunt. It is optional, but something that my students enjoyed doing last year. I even participated and had a blast.

I will be updating the site throughout the summer and I would encourage every student to check in at least once a week. I will be re-reading Henrietta Lacks along with you all and I will include my thoughts in weekly posts. I will likely set up a discussion board once I get the kinks worked out so we can discuss the details of the book.

This is a new website and I have never hosted on this platform before.  A lot of new programs to figure out.  Like I said, check out the website once a week for updates regarding the book and course preparations.

If you have any concerns or questions contact me at 

Summer Assignment Found Here


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” 

-Marie Curie



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