Lesson 1 (from Prologue; Part 1: A Suppuration of Blood)
Prologue; Part 1: A Suppuration of Blood discusses the case of Carla Reed, a thirty year old kindergarten teacher who learned she had leukemia. This lesson will discuss Carla's case and its importance to this book.
Class Discussion: Summarize the Prologue.
Small Group Activity: How is Carla Reed's tale important? What does it reveal about cancer, specifically leukemia? How does it prepare the reader for the rest of the book?
Class Discussion: Discuss the students' responses. Create a graphic organizer listing what is known about cancer and specifically leukemia, based on Carla's experiences.
Individual Activity: Research cancer. When was it first discovered? What are signs that someone may have cancer? How do doctors treat cancer today? What are the chances of survival for someone with cancer?
Class Discussion: Discuss the students' cancer research. Add this information to the graphic organizer created earlier. How does cancer compare...
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