Black Plague: Rules for Slowing the Spread Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This Black Death lesson plan is a great resource to compare the terrible plague of the Middle Ages with responses to COVID-19.

The lesson features an amazing primary source from a Middle Ages doctor who developed an extensive list of rules to stop or slow the spread of the Bubonic Plague in his city.

An introductory reading is included to start the lesson along with the list of rules that includes quarantining, social distancing, banning large gatherings and other methods that students should recognize from modern-day recommendations to combat the coronavirus.

Students complete a worksheet analyzing which of the methods they feel are effective and ineffective and then compare these strategies to ones from today.

A complete lesson plan details how to use everything along with differentiation ideas and links to online sources. There's also a brief Google Slides presentation you can use to help set up the lesson for your visual learners.

An editable Google Doc version of the entire lesson and answer key are both included for your convenience!

This lesson can also be downloaded as part of my European Middle Ages Unit Plan Bundle.

Thank you for checking it out!

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
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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