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December 19, 2010

The First Woman Doctor

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First Woman Doctor by Baker: Book Cover

The First Woman Doctor

 

Author: Rachel Baker

 

Page Length: 210

 

Reading Level: 6

 

Genre: Biography

PLOT SUMMARY: It’s the early 1800s and Elizabeth Blackwell is a fortunate young woman. She’s been born to a progressive father who believes staunchly in equal rights. He believes in educating both his sons and his daughters broadly rather than confining the girls to studies of the home. He is the greatest champion for his daughters’ future success. Elizabeth will take the courage and determination she inherited and persevere despite hardships. She will often be told no – but she will not take no for an answer. Elizabeth wants to be a doctor, a surgeon, and even start her own medical school. Nothing can succeed in the face of such determination.

REVIEW: This is an excellent book. I love what it teaches everyone about courage and perseverance – where there’s a will there’s a way. Historically this book is also a great look at women’s rights, slavery, and even the treatment of the social classes. This book is an engaging and intriguing look into what early medicine was like (including the use of leeches).

AREAS FOR TEACHING:  sequence of events, cause and effect, character traits, making predictions, analogies, historical context, context clues

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: issues of prejudice

RELATED BOOKS: Mary on Horseback, After the Dancing Days, The Story of George Washington Carver

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Blackwell Story (1957)

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/elizabethblackwell.htm

http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/profiles/b/elizabeth-blackwell.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/blackwell/

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/elizabeth-blackwell-became-first-20402.html

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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3 Comments »

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