Also available as part of Duffy's Black Death Package:
The guts of my depth study on The Black Death, this whopping 60+ slide PowerPoint and worksheet combo discusses the state of medieval medicine, beliefs about what caused the plague, and how it spread. Content is delivered with the intent on encouraging students to make connections with their lives and to encourage critical thinking.
While I generally deliver this as a whole class discussion, the PowerPoint and accompanying worksheet are designed for independent/flipped learning: for advanced students I often give them the PowerPoint and allow them to work through the worksheet at their own pace. Given they usually finish early, I’ve also included links to extra activities.
Throughout the PowerPoint I’ve also included links to Youtube clips which I would screen for my students.
The PowerPoint and Worksheet (PDF & DOCX) cover:
* Medieval Medicine
* Beliefs about the causes of the Black Death
* Impact of religion including flagellants
* The ‘Four Humors’
* Barber Surgeons
* Leeches and Bloodletting
* Folk healers and herbal remedies
* What causes disease?
* Living conditions in Medieval Europe
* Life expectancy in the Middle Ages
* Yersinia pestis and spread via rodents
* Origins in China
* Trade routes in Medieval Europe
* Spread via trade routes
* Black Death then vs. Black Death now
* Compare with Swine Flu
* Extension Tasks
This one took me a long time to put together! I thoroughly researched the content and have provided references. Turns out the beaked plague doctor wasn’t associated with the 1340’s epidemic!
Keep an eye out: soon to be followed by ‘Symptoms and Treatments’ of the Black Death.
I am working on upgrading the rest of my Black Death unit to upload to TPT: keep an eye out!
While you’re here, have a look at some of my other Middle Ages resources:
Duffy’s Black Death Australian Curriculum Depth Study Unit
Part 1: Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses and Evaluating Sources: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interpreting-Nursery-Rhymes-Black-Death-Intro-and-Evaluating-Sources-ACARA-1453630
Part 2: What is the Black Death?https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-is-the-Black-Death-Depth-Study-Introduction-ACARA-1456263
Part 3: Causes and Spread of the Black Death.
Part 4: Symptoms of the Black Death
Part 5: Consequences of the Black Death.
Australian Curriculum Links:
DEPTH STUDY 3: EXPANDING CONTACTS
The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)
TRADE and the SPREAD of the BLACK DEATH
• Living conditions and religious beliefs in the 14th century, including life expectancy, medical knowledge and beliefs about the power of God (ACDSEH015)
• The role of expanding trade between Europe and Asia in the Black Death, including the origin and spread of the disease (ACDSEH069)
CAUSES and SYMPTOMS of the BLACK DEATH
• The causes and symptoms of the Black Death and the responses of different groups in society to the spread of the disease, such as the flagellants and monasteries (ACDSEH070)
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