The Science of Solitary Confinement
The informational text “The Science of Solitary Confinement” explores the various ways in which inmates are impacted by solitary confinement.
When and How to Pair: Introduce this text after Chapter XV. In this chapter, Dantes spends six years in solitary confinement in the Château d'If. Have students consider the research by Haney and Akil on how isolation affects the brains of those prisoners in solitary confinement. Based on this research, how do you think solitary confinement has changed Dantes? How do the challenges that isolated prisoners face in the article compare to the challenges Dantes has faced?