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Dr. Susan LaFlesche

Picotte distinguished

herself by becoming

the first Native

American woman

ever to earn a medical

degree and work as a

practicing M.D.

Open Court 4th Grade Unit 3 From Mystery to Medicine Lesson 6 The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte [email protected] Wilson Elementary


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  • 1865-born on the Omaha reservation in Nebraska.

  • 1870-1879-attended school on the reservation.

  • 1879-attended Elizabeth Institute for Young Ladies.

  • 1882-graduated school and worked at the mission school on the Omaha reservation.

  • 1884-1886-attended Hampton Normal and Agriculture Institute.

  • 1889-received a medical degree from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania

  • 1906-her work on alcoholism brought about a stipulation from Washington that every property deed in the Omaha communities would prohibit the sale of alcohol.

  • September 18,1915- died in Walthill, Nebraska.

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The Story of Susan LaFlesche PicotteVocabulary:

  • reservation (page 288)

  • physician (Page 289)

  • ominous OM-IN-OUS(Page 291)

  • maneuveredMAN-EU-VER-ED (Page 298)

  • desolately DES-O-LATE-LY(Page 303)

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reservation“use context clues”

After completing medical school she returned

to her home and began work as the doctor at

the reservation school.

A reservation is land set aside by the

government and is where some Native

Americans live.

reservation - Government land set aside for Native Americans to live on [email protected]


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physician “use context clues”

.

She wanted the position of

reservation physician.

The physician treated her first

patient this morning.

physician - doctor

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ominous “use context clues”

When she turned to the school

house, she noted that the sky looked

ominous.

The howling wind sounded

ominous in the dark alley.

ominous- threatening

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maneuvered (man-eu-vered) “use context clues”

Suddenly, having maneuvered the

drift, the pony stopped.

The student driver maneuvered her car

into the narrow parking garage

entrance.

maneuvered- Skillfully moved around

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  • desolately (des-o-late-ly) “Use context clues”

I thought that maybe if he could make

it till spring…” Marguerite said desolately.

She looked desolately at the mess she had

to clean up after the party.

DESOLATELY- Dismally or without hope

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The Story of Susan LaFlesche PicotteVocabulary:

RESERVATION - Government land set aside for Native Americans to live on

PHYSICIAN - doctor

OM-IN-OUS - threatening

MAN-EU-VER-ED - Skillfully moved around

DES-O-LATE-LY- Dismally or without hope

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