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Life SOAPSTone:

1. Who is the Speaker? The voice that tells the story. As you are reading, consider the authority and credibility of the writer. How does the writer establish his or her credibility in the text?
Rebecca Skloot; an award winning science writer whose works appeared in multiple magazines, including The New York Times Magazine.
A. Find 3 specific passages that establish the writer as a trustworthy and/or qualified speaker.
1. “I’ve done my best to capture the language with which each person spoke and wrote: dialogue appears in native dialects; passages from diaries and other personal writings are quoted exactly as written” (A Few Words About This Book).
2. “Everyone I talked to who might know said Gey and Henrietta never met. Everyone, that is, except Laure Aurelian” (66).
3. “On January 29, 1951, David Lacks … church pews” (13).
B. Below each quote, explain how the passage establishes the writer’s credibility.
1. This quote shows that the quotes that are presented in the book are reliable and are from direct sources.
2. This tells the reader that the author even conducted interviews on people who might not even know Henrietta directly. That shows that the author was dedicated to finding all sides of the story.
3. This quote shows that the author even looked through Henrietta’s medical records to capture the whole story.

2. What is the Occasion? As you are reading, analyze the reason(s) the writer is choosing to approach the topic at this particular moment in time. Is he/she writing in reaction to a specific event or person? Discuss how the occasion is revealed in the text.
A. Why did the author choose to write this text at this time?
Skloot had a class that briefly talked about Henrietta, but she wanted to know more. She wasn’t satisfied with the amount of information textbooks had on Mrs. Lacks, so she took it upon herself to learn and tell the entire story of Henrietta Lacks.
B. How do you know?
In the prologue, she explains how she came across the topic and that she wanted to learn more.

3. Who is the Audience? As you are reading, determine to whom this piece is directed. How do you know who the audience is? How is the audience defined? Discuss how the writer demonstrates understanding of the audience and how he or she uses that understanding to accomplish his or her goals.
A. Who is the audience?
Many people who are interested in biology or other related sciences may find this book appealing.
B. How do you know?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks shows the impact that HeLa has on science, which is what made Henrietta and her family known by the author.

4. What is the Purpose? As you are reading, analyze the purpose/argument/claim of the writer. Explore the purpose beyond its basic informative nature. Discuss how the purpose is revealed in the text.
The purpose of this section of the book is to introduce Henrietta and her family and to explain how she was treated when she was alive. This was unraveled through interviews and medical documents.
A. Are the purpose and occasion similar or different in this piece? Explain your reasoning.
The purpose and occasion are very similar because they both are about telling the story of Henrietta.

5. What is the Subject? As you are reading, consider the general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text. Does the writer explicitly state the subject or is it implied?
The life of Henrietta Lacks. The writer specifically states the subject.
A. Pick three subjects the author writes about and create a sentence for each subject that reveals the author’s message about this subject. (Example from Romeo and Juliet: Subject: hatred | Message: Unexamined hatred has far-reaching consequences, often affecting the lives of innocent victims.)
1. A
2. A
3. A

6. What is the Tone? The attitude of the author. As you are reading, analyze the attitude of the writer. Tone extends meaning beyond the literal. Examine the choice of words, emotions expressed, and imagery used.
Zealous
A. Identify 3 tones the author creates in the tone. Use the tone handout as a guide to choose the most accurate words. Please go to goo.gl/VaVelZ for a list of great tone words.
1. Dramatic
2. Objective
3. Conversational
B. For each tone word, find one example from the text illustrating the tone.
1. “‘You make sure Day takes care of them children,’ Henrietta told her sister, tears streaming down her face” (85).
2. “All cancers originate from a single cell gone wrong and are categorized based on the type of cell they start from” (27).
3. “I was afraid to say anything that might make her stop talking, so I simply said, ‘Great'” (52).
C. Explain how the tone affects the effectiveness of each passage.
1. The tone affects this passage by giving the audience the chance to feel the amount of pain and heartbreak that Henrietta was feeling at the time.
2. The objectiveness of the passage explains how cancer works, which gives the reader a little bit more understanding for the rest of the book.
3. The tone in this passage lets the audience relate to the author.

Death SOAPSTone:

1. Who is the Speaker? The voice that tells the story. As you are reading, consider the authority and credibility of the writer. How does the writer establish his or her credibility in the text?
Rebecca Skloot; an award winning science writer whose works appeared in multiple magazines, including The New York Times Magazine.
A. Find 3 specific passages that establish the writer as a trustworthy and/or qualified speaker.
1. A
2. A
3. A
B. Below each quote, explain how the passage establishes the writer’s credibility.
1. A
2. A
3. A

2. What is the Occasion? As you are reading, analyze the reason(s) the writer is choosing to approach the topic at this particular moment in time. Is he/she writing in reaction to a specific event or person? Discuss how the occasion is revealed in the text.
A. Why did the author choose to write this text at this time?
Skloot had a class that briefly talked about Henrietta, but she wanted to know more. She wasn’t satisfied with the amount of information textbooks had on Mrs. Lacks, so she took it upon herself to learn and tell the entire story of Henrietta Lacks.
B. How do you know?
In the prologue, she explains how she came across the topic and that she wanted to learn more.

3. Who is the Audience? The group of readers to whom this piece is directed. As you are reading, determine to whom this piece is directed. How do you know who the audience is? How is the audience defined? Discuss how the writer demonstrates understanding of the audience and how he or she uses that understanding to accomplish his or her goals.
A. Who is the audience?
Many people who are interested in biology or other related sciences may find this book appealing.
B. How do you know?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks shows the impact that HeLa has on science, which is what made Henrietta and her family known by the author.

4. What is the Purpose? As you are reading, analyze the purpose/argument/claim of the writer. Explore the purpose beyond its basic informative nature. Discuss how the purpose is revealed in the text.
A
A. Are the purpose and occasion similar or different in this piece? Explain your reasoning.
A

5. What is the Subject? As you are reading, consider the general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text. Does the writer explicitly state the subject or is it implied?
A
A. Pick three subjects the author writes about and create a sentence for each subject that reveals the author’s message about this subject.
1. A
2. A
3. A

6. What is the Tone? The attitude of the author. As you are reading, analyze the attitude of the writer. Tone extends meaning beyond the literal. Examine the choice of words, emotions expressed, and imagery used.
Zealous
A. Identify 3 tones the author creates in the tone. Use the tone handout as a guide to choose the most accurate words. Please go to goo.gl/VaVelZ for a list of great tone words.
1. Dramatic
2. Objective
3. Conversational
B. For each tone word, find one example from the text illustrating the tone.
1. A
2. A
3. A
C. Explain how the tone affects the effectiveness of each passage.
1. A
2. A
3. A

Immortality SOAPSTone:

1. Who is the Speaker? The voice that tells the story. As you are reading, consider the authority and credibility of the writer. How does the writer establish his or her credibility in the text?
Rebecca Skloot; an award winning science writer whose works appeared in multiple magazines, including The New York Times Magazine.
A. Find 3 specific passages that establish the writer as a trustworthy and/or qualified speaker.
1. A
2. A
3. A
B. Below each quote, explain how the passage establishes the writer’s credibility.
1. A
2. A
3. A

2. What is the Occasion? As you are reading, analyze the reason(s) the writer is choosing to approach the topic at this particular moment in time. Is he/she writing in reaction to a specific event or person? Discuss how the occasion is revealed in the text.
A. Why did the author choose to write this text at this time?
Skloot had a class that briefly talked about Henrietta, but she wanted to know more. She wasn’t satisfied with the amount of information textbooks had on Mrs. Lacks, so she took it upon herself to learn and tell the entire story of Henrietta Lacks.
B. How do you know?
In the prologue, she explains how she came across the topic and that she wanted to learn more.

3. Who is the Audience? The group of readers to whom this piece is directed. As you are reading, determine to whom this piece is directed. How do you know who the audience is? How is the audience defined? Discuss how the writer demonstrates understanding of the audience and how he or she uses that understanding to accomplish his or her goals.
A. Who is the audience?
Many people who are interested in biology or other related sciences may find this book appealing.
B. How do you know?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks shows the impact that HeLa has on science, which is what made Henrietta and her family known by the author.

4. What is the Purpose? As you are reading, analyze the purpose/argument/claim of the writer. Explore the purpose beyond its basic informative nature. Discuss how the purpose is revealed in the text.
A
A. Are the purpose and occasion similar or different in this piece? Explain your reasoning.
A

5. What is the Subject? As you are reading, consider the general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text. Does the writer explicitly state the subject or is it implied?
A
A. Pick three subjects the author writes about and create a sentence for each subject that reveals the author’s message about this subject.
1. A
2. A
3. A

6. What is the Tone? The attitude of the author. As you are reading, analyze the attitude of the writer. Tone extends meaning beyond the literal. Examine the choice of words, emotions expressed, and imagery used.
Zealous
A. Identify 3 tones the author creates in the tone. Use the tone handout as a guide to choose the most accurate words. Please go to goo.gl/VaVelZ for a list of great tone words.
1. Dramatic
2. Objective
3. Conversational
B. For each tone word, find one example from the text illustrating the tone.
1. A
2. A
3. A
C. Explain how the tone affects the effectiveness of each passage.
1. A
2. A
3. A

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