Sickle Cell is often thought of as the "Invisible Disease". It affects every organ of the body without any outward symptoms. This memoir will help you understand the struggle of surviving with this disease.
The memoir recounts the life of a woman born poor in rural Virginia who suffered from bouts of fatigue and excruciating pain. This inspiring story will take students through the writer's life, through childhood poverty, college, marriage, parenthood and career while adhering to Common Core Standards.
The following topics can be woven into the book's curriculm:
Character Education, Health Education, Guidance, English Language Learners, Social Studies; Science
Focus: Grades 9-10
- Promote literacy awareness
- Character education
- Lesson plans
- Formative and summative assessments
- Instructional activities aligned to Common Core National Standards
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited disorder of the red blood cells. It affects 90,000 - 100, 000 people within the United States. SCD is the most common genetic disorder identified in African Americans. It is also found in people from South and Central America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Similar to other children with a chronic illness, children with sickle cell disease are at increased risk for school absenteeism related to their illness. Unexpected episodes of pain, increased risk for stroke and chronic anemia are just a sample of the factors complicating school performance.