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Name: ______________________________________ Block: _________

Medicine & Literature MW#2: Were Henriettas cells taken ethically?

Now that we have learned more about the circumstances in which Henrietta Lacks cells were taken, we can
begin to consider the question: Were her cells taken ethically? You will be exploring this question in a series of
substantial, academic, paragraphs.

In your work you must discuss the ethics/validity of doctors taking and using Henriettas cells by referring to at
least two of the following topics we have covered in class:
Nuremberg Codes (cited) Cancer research (cited)
Doctors oaths (cited) "Henrietta Lacks Immortal Cells" By Sarah
Norms, morals and ethics (cited) Zielinski (cited)

ALL assignments must also include information from Henriettas life (cited from the text The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot).

Requirements:
Paragraph 1 (TE/EA):
State your claim in a thesis statement/topic sentence.
Provide background information on the subject of your essay (citing evidence to support
your knowledge).
Paragraph 2 (TE/EA):
Support your claim/thesis (Why were the doctors' actions ethical or unethical? Be specific
and cite evidence from the different works we've examined in class to justify your stance).
Paragraph 3 (Counterclaim - TE/EA):
Explain but do not defend the opposing claim.
Provide evidence for both the counterclaim and your original claim.
Refute/Rebut the counterclaim's argument.
Paragraph 4 (TE/EA):
Support your claim/thesis (Why were the doctors' actions ethical or unethical? Be specific
and cite evidence from the different works we've examined in class to justify your stance).
Leave the reader with a thought-provoking question or idea (How have her cells impacted
the world? Her family? What are the responsibilities that doctors should have towards us?)
Show them the value of your work!

There will be TIMELINESS grades associated with both the first draft and final essays. Ensure
that you hand your work in on time for full credit!

You must also hand in this assignment sheet stapled the the BACK of your DRAFT with the
rubric facing forward.

First drafts may be typed or handwritten. Final drafts MUST be typed, font size 12, Times New
Roman, and double-spaced or they will lose points.

1st draft due: Tuesday 11/8 (Halloween!)


Final drafts due: Tuesday 11/21
RUBRIC
4 3 2 1

- Has a sophisticated and - Has a clear claim/thesis that - Claim/thesis is vague or - Claim/thesis is missing or
unique claim/thesis that addresses the assignment. unclear. Assignment may not unintelligible.
addresses the assignment. - Gives relevant background be apparent. - Background information is
-Gives relevant and detailed information. - Gives background insufficient or irrelevant.
Paragraph #1
(Opening)

background info as evidence. - Evidence cited correctly and information, relevance may be - Missing evidence.
- All evidence is correctly cited explained in context. unclear or confusing. - No context.
& expertly explained in context. - Two pieces of evidence. - Context for evidence missing. - No or incorrect citations.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Analysis shows how the Es - May be missing evidence - There is no evidence of
- Analysis clearly shows how the support the T. and/or citations. critical thought.
Es support the T & shows - Shows critical thought and detail. - The writers thoughts are
critical thought and detail. unclear or nonsensical.

- Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence does not - Topic sentence is missing or
claim/thesis and clearly outlines claim/thesis and outlines the clearly support the unintelligible.
the paragraph. paragraph. claim/thesis. - Missing evidence.
-Gives relevant and detailed -Gives relevant evidence to - May be missing evidence - No context.
Paragraph #2
(Argument)

evidence to support the claim. support the claim. and/or citations. - No or incorrect citations.
- All evidence is correctly cited - Evidence cited correctly and - Context for evidence missing. - There is no evidence of
& expertly explained in context. explained in context. - The writers thoughts are critical thought.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Two pieces of evidence. unclear or nonsensical.
- Analysis clearly shows how the - Analysis shows how the Es
Es support the T. support the T.
-Shows critical thought & detail. - Shows critical thought and detail.

- Topic sentence states the - Topic sentence states the - Topic sentence states the - Topic sentence does not
counterclaim without counterclaim without undermining counterclaim but may demonstrate awareness of
undermining the original claim. the original claim. undermine the original claim. counterclaim and/or
-Gives relevant evidence to -Gives evidence to develop the -Counter evidence mentioned undermines the claim.
develop the counterclaim. counterclaim. briefly, and/or inadequately. -Missing evidence.
(Counterclaim)
Paragraph #4

- Gives relevant evidence to - Gives evidence to refute the - May be missing evidence - No context.
refute the counterclaim. counterclaim. and/or citations. - No or incorrect citations.
- All evidence is correctly cited - Evidence is correctly cited and - Context for evidence missing. - There is no evidence of
& expertly explained in context. explained in context. - The writers thoughts are critical thought.
- Analysis demonstrates why - Analysis discusses the unclear or nonsensical.
counterclaim is less convincing counterclaim.
than the claim. -Shows critical thought.
-Shows critical thought & detail.

- Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence does not - Topic sentence is missing or
claim/thesis and clearly outlines claim/thesis and outlines the clearly support the unintelligible.
the paragraph. paragraph. claim/thesis. - Missing evidence.
-Gives relevant and detailed -Gives relevant evidence to - May be missing evidence - No context.
Paragraph #3

evidence to support the claim. support the claim. and/or citations. - No or incorrect citations.
(Closing)

- All evidence is correctly cited - Evidence cited correctly and - Context for evidence missing. - There is no evidence of
& expertly explained in context. explained in context. - The writers thoughts are critical thought.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Two pieces of evidence. unclear or nonsensical.
- Analysis clearly shows how the - Analysis shows how the Es
Es support the T. support the T.
-Shows critical thought & detail. - Shows critical thought.

-Essay flows smoothly with Essay flows smoothly with few Essay has several grammatical Essay has many grammatical
Conventions

effectively no grammatical grammatical and/or punctuation and/or punctuation errors that and/or punctuation errors
and/or punctuation errors. errors that do not impact clarity. impact clarity. that significantly impact
-Essay is formatted 100% - Essay is formatted correctly. - At least one formatting issue. clarity.
correctly - Several issues with
formatting.

TOTAL: ____________/16 (DRAFT) TOTAL: ____________/100 (FINAL)


RUBRIC
4 3 2 1

- Has a sophisticated and - Has a clear claim/thesis that - Claim/thesis is vague or - Claim/thesis is missing or
unique claim/thesis that addresses the assignment. unclear. Assignment may not be unintelligible.
addresses the assignment. - Gives relevant background apparent. - Background information is
-Gives relevant and detailed information. - Gives background information, insufficient or irrelevant.
background information as - Evidence cited correctly and relevance may be unclear or - Missing evidence.
evidence. explained in context. confusing. - No context.
Paragraph #1

- All evidence is correctly cited - Two pieces of evidence. - Context for evidence missing. - No or incorrect citations.
and expertly explained in - Analysis shows how the Es - May be missing evidence - There is no evidence of critical
context. support the T. and/or citations. thought.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Shows critical thought and - The writers thoughts are
- Analysis clearly shows how the detail. unclear or nonsensical.
Es support the T & shows
critical thought and
may include the writers ideas
and opinions.

- Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence does not - Topic sentence is missing or
claim/thesis and clearly outlines claim/thesis and outlines the clearly support the claim/thesis. unintelligible.
the paragraph. paragraph. - May be missing evidence - Missing evidence.
-Gives relevant and detailed -Gives relevant evidence to and/or citations. - No context.
evidence to support the claim. support the claim. - Context for evidence missing. - No or incorrect citations.
Paragraph #2-3

- All evidence is correctly cited - Evidence cited correctly and - The writers thoughts are - There is no evidence of critical
(Argument)

and expertly explained in explained in context. unclear or nonsensical. thought.


context. - Two pieces of evidence.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Analysis shows how the Es
- Analysis clearly shows how the support the T.
Es support the T. - Shows critical thought and
-Shows critical thought and detail.
may include the writers ideas
and opinions.

- Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence supports the - Topic sentence does not - Topic sentence is missing or
claim/thesis and clearly outlines claim/thesis and outlines the clearly support the claim/thesis. unintelligible.
the paragraph. paragraph. - May be missing evidence - Missing evidence.
-Gives relevant and detailed -Gives relevant evidence to and/or citations. - No context.
evidence to support the claim. support the claim. - Context for evidence missing. - No or incorrect citations.
- All evidence is correctly cited - Evidence cited correctly and - The writers thoughts are - There is no evidence of critical
Paragraph #5
(Concluding)

and expertly explained in explained in context. unclear or nonsensical. thought.


context. - Two pieces of evidence.
- Two pieces of evidence. - Analysis shows how the Es
- Analysis clearly shows how the support the T.
Es support the T. - Shows critical thought and
-Shows critical thought and detail.
may include the writers ideas
and opinions.

-Essay flows smoothly with Essay flows smoothly with few Essay has several grammatical Essay has many grammatical
Conventions

effectively no grammatical grammatical and/or and/or punctuation errors that and/or punctuation errors that
and/or punctuation errors. punctuation errors that do not impact clarity. significantly impact clarity.
-Essay is formatted 100% impact clarity. - At least one formatting issue. - Several issues with formatting.
correctly - Essay is formatted correctly.
-

TOTAL: ____________/16 (DRAFT)

TOTAL: ____________/100 (FINAL)