Title: The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath
Author: Julia Finley Mosca
- Science: Learn about the parts of the eye—pupil, cornea, lens, and so forth—what the parts do, and how to keep eyes healthy. To spark of love of science, order a science kit for the family or plan some science experiments in class.
- Senses: Read this biography while studying the 5 senses. Some fun five senses activity ideas are HERE.
- Time Line: The book includes a timeline of Dr. Bath’s life. Use this organizer in a history unit or to outline the life of another famous scientist. Another possible way to apply it is to have student create a timeline for their future. What do they hope to accomplish and by what age? This ties in nicely with math as well since they have to calculate the year they will be the target age for each accomplishments.
- Geography: Identify the places on the map that Dr. Bath lived or traveled to for her work, such as California, New York, and Paris.
- Community Helpers: Connect this book with a unit on community helpers for younger children. Older students can learn more about the process of becoming a doctor and their important contribution to the community.
- Letter Writing: Write a letter to Dr. Bath. Tell her about what you enjoyed most about her story or what inspired you from her life story.
- Writing—Personal: Dr. Bath accomplished many “firsts.” Students can write about what they want to be the first to do or to discover. Younger students can fill in a simple sentence like: “I want to be the first to ______.” Older students can write more, depending on age and ability.
- Writing—Argument: Pick one of the lessons her parents taught her (“We’re equal—all genders, all shades.” “Nothing’s off limits—no job, dream, or role.” “Education is the key to success.”). Use it as a prompt for students to write an argument, such as arguing why the quote is true or how it was the lesson that impacted her life most (based on the evidence in the story).
- Poetry: The story is written in poetic form. Possible connections can be anywhere from identifying rhyming words to students writing their own poetic lines. Poems can be about Dr. Bath or about their own goals for the future. Assign a specific poetic form or allow them to write in free verse.