Black Death, 1348 CE: A Bone-Chilling Investigation on the Bubonic Plague!

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In this bone-chilling Black Death investigation, students become investigators as they try to determine the cause of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), its symptoms, how the disease was treated, why people believed the Black Death happened, how they general population responded to the outbreak, and how modern science has helped us learn more.

Students (individually or in teams) explore 10 different exhibits as they try to solve the mystery behind this disaster! Once complete, students compile their evidence in a report to the State Department! This activity engages students through both primary and secondary sources (5 and 5) so it is a great activity to teach the differences in sources as well.

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Highly-engaging and guaranteed to pique your students interest!


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Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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