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    Summer Reading for 8th Grade Science
    Posted on 07/09/2018
    REQUIRED for HCC Biology classes, optional for 8th Grade Life Science classes.

    Hello Rising HCC 8th Graders!

                    In order to prepare for biology in 8th grade, Ms. Colloton and Ms. Van More are assigning students to read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. This is an exceptionally written book that both introduces students to biology, including genetics, disease, and cells, and puts it in a societal context of race relations from the 1950s to the present. After you have read the book, have a discussion with a parent or other adult who lives with you about what the most interesting parts of the book were, in your opinion. Then have your adult sign below verifying that you both read the book and had a discussion about it. Additionally, answer the prompt below.

                    This is a required assignment for any students enrolled in HCC biology in the fall and is due on the first day of school. If you are not enrolling in HCC Biology, there is a separate, optional assignment. Please see Ms. Van More or Ms. Colloton for that assignment. You may choose to buy the book or check it out of the library, but it is recommended you request the book from the library ASAP in case there is a waiting list. We also have about 10 copies we can lend on a first come, first served basis.

                    Please contact Ms. Van More (levanmore@seattleschools.org) or Ms. Colloton (jpcolloton@seattleschools.org) with questions.

    My students read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and discussed those points they found most interesting.

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    Student Name, Parent/Guardian Signature

    Required discussion question.

    Please summarize your discussion with your parent or other adult. Please include both the science concepts, the societal issues, and the overall implications you discussed regarding the book. Also include overall impressions and thoughts.

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    Hello Rising 8th Graders! (8th Grade Life Science)

                    In order to prepare for science in 8th grade, Ms. Colloton and Ms. Van More are offering an optional assignment for 8th graders enrolled in 8th grade life science (and you will get credit for it). Especially if you are considering honors 8th grade science, this would be a good place to start, although everyone is welcome and gets credit. You may choose to read one of two books: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot or Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (either the adult or young reader’s edition). Henrietta Lacks is an exceptionally written book that both introduces students to genetics, disease, and cells, and puts it in a societal context of race relations from the 1950s to the present. Hidden Figures documents the personal and professional lives of the first African American women to work at NASA in the space program. After you have read one of the books, have a discussion with a parent or other adult who lives with you about what the most interesting parts of the book were, in your opinion. Then have your adult sign below verifying that you both read the book and had a discussion about it. Additionally, answer the discussion question below in a short (paragraph) response.

    For credit, this is due the first day of school.

                    Please contact Ms. Van More (levanmore@seattleschools.org) or Ms. Colloton (jpcolloton@seattleschools.org) with questions.

    My students read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or Hidden Figures and discussed those points they found most interesting.

     _______________________________________________
    Student Name, Parent/Guardian Signature

    Discussion question:

    Please summarize your discussion with your parent or other adult. Please include both the science concepts, the societal issues, and the overall implications you discussed regarding the book. Also include overall impressions and thoughts.