Black Death Reading Worksheet

Grade Levels
5th - 10th
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Black Plague Reading Worksheet

This is a simple, fascinating reading guide about the Bubonic Plague or Black Death. It explains how it began and spread, its symptoms, and the effect it had on European society.

It makes for an excellent homework or in-class reading assignment because it can be completed without any additional resources. Following the reading, students complete 7 reading comprehension questions of varying levels based on what they read. An answer key is provided for your convenience.

This download also includes a Google Drive digital version of the activity! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring a digital version of this resource into Google Classroom!

This resource goes very well with my Black Death Rules for Slowing the Spread Lesson that connects the plague to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both activities can also be downloaded as part of the Europe's Middle Ages & Medieval Unit Bundle!

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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