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Black Death: A Visit with Simon, A Victim of the Black Death(script)

Gail Hennessey
Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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9 pages
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Gail Hennessey


Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about the Black Death, a disease that killed almost 1/2 the population of Europe in its worst outbreak(1347-1351). The fun/informative play uses the format of Simon, a victim of the Black Death, being a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee's talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his experiences during the time(the medical beliefs, the causes, the effects the Black Death had on Europe, etc.

Great for a unit of study on the Middle Ages! Could be used in a science unit on bacteria and contagious diseases. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.
Check out my other resources: Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: Revolutionary War Female Spy, Visit with a Tory during the American Revolution, Constitution(A Visit with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution", Charles Dickens, Johnny Appleseed,Vikings(A Visit with Leif Ericsson and his dad, Erik the Red), Elizabeth Blackwell, Jacques Cousteau, Marian Anderson,Visit with a Leprechaun, California Gold Rush 49er,Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Sequoia, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Tuskegee Airmen, Susan B. Anthony and many more.

Other resources about the Middle Ages:
1. Want a fun activity to review vocabulary terms for a unit of study on the Middle Ages?Looking for an enrichment activity in history? Try my Medieval Puzzler: Secret Message Review Activity. The activity involves students working individually or in groups to review vocabulary terms connected with Medieval Times. Then,a following direction activity is next where students place letters from the different terms into boxes found at the end of the activity page. Once all the boxes are filled, a "secret message" about the Middle Ages is revealed! The teacher page includes additional information to share about the "secret message". It's a fun way to reinforce important vocabulary for a unit of study on the Middle Ages! If you prefer to offer a vocabulary box, I have included this as well.... Medieval Puzzler, A Secret Message Review Activity

I loved teaching about the Middle Ages and have a resource which includes my notes, activities and resources. Medieval Times: Travel Back to the Middle Ages

3. Reading on the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the oldest lasting examples of graphic communication. It dates back to 1083. Bayeux Tapestry, A Reading Passage

Learn about the Crusades with this fun and informative play. Students will have fun acting out the different parts, especially those of Sir Bartholomew. There are 10 audience questioners. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series, the format is that of a talk show host with a studio audience that ask Ms. Bie Ografee's guest questions about the time period. Included: cause, different crusades(ie: People's Crusade, Children's Crusade and the Third Crusade) and the important results of this period in history. There is a DiD You Know? fun facts,comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities and links I thought might be of interest to the teacher. There is also a key to the comprehension questions.A Visit with a Crusader

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Key words: Bubonic Plague, plague, black death, middle Ages, Medieval times, hygiene, infectious diseases
Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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