Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Lesson Plans

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Video

“The First American Indian Doctor”

Podcast

Stuff You Missed in History Class
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

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The Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Center in Walthill, Nebraska

1 Week with Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

 

 

One Week with Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

Day 1: Hello Susan!

  • Read the Heritage Letter from Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
  • Watch PBS’s American Masters: The First American Indian Doctor

Day 2: Susan’s Education

Day 3: Coming Home

  • Locate Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania on a map, then find the Omaha Reservation just south of Sioux City, Nebraska.
  • How far did Susan have to travel to return home? 
  • Why did she return home?
  • Watch the clip from Medicine Women: Coming Home

Day 4: Susan’s Dream--Virtual Field Trip Day!

 Day 5: One Last Day with Susan

  • Complete the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte pamphlet using all the information you've learned about her this week.
  • Bonus: Listen to a Podcast
    -for older children/adults:
    Stuff You Missed in History Class: Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

 
*Medicine Women is available in its entirety on Amazon Prime here.  I would recommend previewing it first before watching with younger students. 

**Unfortunately there are very few books about Susan and I did not have access to any of them to preview so I have not recommended any books to go along with this letter.  Her story would make a beautiful children's picture book, I hope to see one some day very soon!


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