Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Death and History Skills

Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
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Duffy’s Complete Medieval and Black Death Package: Year 8 Australian Curriculum History

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LAST UPDATED AUGUST 2015
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PowerPoints and resources covering all aspects of the Black Death.
Download this package and you will also receive free updates on any new Black Death/Medieval/Year 8 History resources I develop in the future!

!!! This package also includes my bestselling Feudalism and Manorialism PowerPoint.
Find samples and previews here: https://duffystirling.wordpress.com/samples-and-previews/
Although this package is written to specifically target the Australian Curriculum Year 8 History ‘Expanding Contacts’ depth study, it is suitable for all regions.

With these PowerPoints I have aimed to take an in depth, thoroughly researched look at the topic. I have had a lot of success with this unit of work over the years teaching Year 8 History.

Each PowerPoint includes
• An accompanying worksheet to be completed either as a class or independently
• References (useful for futher information)
• links to extra resources such as YouTube clips and news articles
• extension tasks for advanced students.

This package includes:
• Chronology, Timelines and Historical Skills Worksheet
• My bestselling Feudalism and Manoralism Powerpoint
• Black Death Part 1: Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses and Evaluating Sources
• Black Death Part 2: What is the Black Death?
• Black Death Part 3: Causes and Spread of the Black Death.
• Black Death Part 4: Symptoms of the Black Death
• Black Death Part 5: Consequences of the Black Death
• Medieval Identity Task including Black Death Diary assignment
• Historical Terminology Crossword

Chronology, Timelines and Historical Skills Worksheet
A four page detailed factsheet/worksheet on chronology and timelines to be used as an introduction or revision for basic historical terminology and concepts. It is designed specifically for secondary History in the Australian Curriculum. I found many of my Year 8 students needed revision on these basic concepts before commencing our studies of the Middle Ages.
There is also a rudimentary timeline task which aims to help students understand CE/BCE, and the four 'eras' used in the Australian Curriculum, 'Ancient' 'Middle Ages' 'Early Modern' and 'Modern World', which correlates with:
• Year 7 – Ancient History: 60,000 BC – c.650 AD.
• Year 8 – The Ancient to the Modern World: c.650 AD – 1750.
• Year 9 – The Making of the Modern World: 1750 to 1918
• Year 10 – The Modern World and Australia: 1918 to the present
I find that making this clear from the beginning is very helpful for students trying to make connections between what they understand of history and what we will be teaching.
The Worksheet is provided in PDF for easy printing and the original DOCX for easy editing.
Answers are also included.
The worksheets cover:
• terminology such as ‘chronology’, ‘era’s etc.
• CE/AD vs. BCE/CE. The Australian Curriculum prefers the use of BCE/CE.
• timelines
• the four ‘eras’ covered in the Australian Curriculum.
• various types of calendars (Gregorian, Islamic, Chinese etc)
• months, days, leap years
• terminology including decades, millennium etc.
• explanation of ‘1st century’ ‘2nd century’ etc.
• origins of the names of the months and the names of the days of the week
• 12 hour clock vs. 24 hour clock
• differences between USA and rest of world in writing dates.
I have aimed it at lower secondary, particularly as part of your History Overview in Years 7 and 8.
My bestselling Feudalism and Manoralism Powerpoint:
This is a PowerPoint, Poster and Worksheet set used to introduce students to the hierarchical structure of Feudal England and Manorialism, from the Conquest (1066) to Black Death (1347). I've used a variant of this PowerPoint for the last four years with Grade 8 History students at my high school: it has remained engaging for the students and seems to explain the hierarchy well, so I continue to reuse it every year!
Before starting this series of slides, my students will have covered the Battle of Hastings; generally I follow it with The Black Death.
Topics covered:
• Feudal Pyramid with information slides on King, Nobility, Knights, Peasants, Craftsmen and the Church.
• William I (the Conqueror) - briefly.
• Domesday Book - briefly.
• Manor / Manorialism systems
• Everyday life for the peasants including farming, yearly calendar, living conditions.
Included in the ZIP File is:
• PowerPoint, including animated step by step guide to the Feudal Pyramid, information slides, and a section on Manorialism
• PDF of the complete Feudal Pyramid to print as a class poster.
• 3 page Worksheet to compliment the Slides: I have my students complete the worksheet while they listen, stopping to ensure they keep up. This is an engagement tactic.
I've also included a list of useful websites on Feudalism, which may be handy for new educators.

Part 1: Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses and Evaluating Sources
Although this is the introductory task I use for the beginning of a history unit on the Black Death, it works as a short introduction to evaluating web sources. It’s always best practice to introduce skills in context, so I
It starts by examining the earliest written form of the nursery rhyme Ring a Ring a Roses, and explores popular interpretations (in particular the assertion that it is about the Black Death). Students then discuss how credible these interpretations are and then evaluate the reliability of two websites.
While I generally deliver this as a whole class discussion, the PowerPoint and accompanying worksheet are designed for independent learning.
The PowerPoint and Worksheet (PDF & DOCX) cover:
• Activities around Ring-a-Ring-Roses (Greenway 1881)
• Ring-a-Ring-Roses (supposed) connection to the Black Death
• Other variants of the nursery rhyme
• Evaluation of websites activity (Nursery Rhymes.org.uk vs. Snopes.com)
• Extension tasks and webquest links.

Part 2: What is the Black Death?
The opening lesson to my Black Death unit which explores the questions ‘What was the Black Death?’, ‘Why do we study the Black Death?’, ‘How do we know what we know about the Black Death (a discussion on primary sources)?’.
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.
The PowerPoint and Worksheet (PDF & DOCX) cover:
• What is a plague?
• What is the Black Death?
• How many died?
• Keywords
• Why should we study the Black Death?
• How do we know what we know about the Black Death (primary sources)?

Part 3: Causes and Spread of the Black Death.
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

Part 4: Symptoms of the Black Death
Symptoms, Treatments and Preventions of the Black Death PowerPoint/Worksheet (ACARA)
Welcome to the gruesome side of the Black Death. This 50+ slide PowerPoint and worksheet combo covers the symptoms of bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic plague; and the common beliefs, treatments and preventions for the plague. Content is delivered with the intent on encouraging critical thinking: by the end I hope students have some ideas about what they would do, given their superior medical knowledge.
Students complete a two page worksheet in which they draw the symptoms on a ‘victim’: this is adapted from a schoolhistory.co.uk activity that my students have always enjoyed (who doesn’t love to draw a bursting bubo!). Students also complete tables regarding the differences in the symptoms between the three types as well as the common treatments (such as prayer, bursting buboes, bloodletting) and preventions (throwing herbs in the air, persecution of Jews). All is thoroughly (and I mean thoroughly!) researched.
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:
• Symptoms of Bubonic Plague, Septicemic Plague and Pneumonic Plague, animated
• Photos of the symptoms, where available
• Treatments and Preventions of the Plague
• Slides on Flagellants, the massacres of Jews, barber surgeons, misconceptions of the praiseworthy pus and Hugh of Lucca,
• 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! Who knew?

Part 5: Consequences of the Black Death
This final PowerPoint in this Black Death series examines the long term impacts of the Black Death on society including the loss of clergy (and change in attitudes regarding religion) and the end of feudalism.
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:
• The consequences of depopulation
• Plague pits and abandoned towns and villages
• Impact on Art and Literature, leading to the Renaissance
• The loss of clergy and changes in religious attitudes
• The end of feudalism including peasant revolts
• Losses in other continents
• Extension Tasks
• 2 Page accompanying worksheet

Medieval Identity Task including Black Death Diary assignment
I usually set the Black Death diary assignment at the end of our depth study. This task is also available for free on my website: https://duffystirling.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/medieval-identity-task-year-8-history-australian-curriculum/
This task is essentially the framework which I use to complete depth studies into Medieval Europe and The Black Death in Year 8 History.
Each year at the beginning of our Year 8 History course, I ask students to create a medieval identity. The identity is referred to across our depth studies on Medieval Europe and The Black Death. Students use the identity to answer questions, complete tasks, and as a basis for the major assignments.
This has been useful for engagement and critical thinking as students are encouraged to make connections between their worlds and the world we are studying.
This idea was inspired by the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA): a roleplaying society who are obsessive in creating historically accurate identities. If you’re curious, check out their website: http://www.sca.org/ and their links to research on the Middle Ages: http://www.sca.org/links/misc.html
Note: I limit the research students do to 14th century England purely so their identity could be a victim of the Black Death!
Included in this package:
• Black Death Diary Assignment
• Common Medieval English Names Factsheet
• Medieval Identity Comparison Assignment
• Medieval Identity Poster Templates
• Medieval Identity Profile
• Medieval Identity Rank Cards and Record Sheets
• Medieval Identity Research Links
• Medieval Identity Teachers Notes

Historical Terminology Crossword
A tidy crossword puzzle for historical terminology.
Terminology included:
• Anno Domini
• artefact
• Before Christ
• bias
• census
• century
• chronology
• Common Era
• conflict
• continuity
• decade
• era
• evidence
• hypothesis
• interpretation
• manuscript
• millennium
• perspective
• primary source
• secondary source
• significance
• timeline

Australian Curriculum connection:
Year 8 History
Historical Skills:
Year 7-8
Sequence historical events, developments and periods (ACHHS205) (ACHHS148) (Year 7-8)
Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places (ACHHS164) (ACHHS182) (Year 9-10)
Use historical terms and concepts (ACHHS206) (ACHHS149) (ACHHS165) (ACHHS183)
(Year 8-10)
DEPTH STUDY 1 The Western and Islamic world
Students investigate ONE of these societies/empires from the Western or Islamic world in depth: the Vikings or Medieval Europe or the Ottoman Empire or Renaissance Italy.
DEPTH STUDY 3 Expanding contacts
Students investigate ONE of the following historical developments in depth to explore the interaction of societies in this period: the Mongol expansion or the Black Death in Africa, Asia and Europe or the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and Incas.
The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)
• 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)
• 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)
• The effects of the Black Death on Asian, European and African populations, and conflicting theories about the impact of the plague (ACDSEH071)
• Other immediate and long-term effects of the Black Death, including labour shortages, peasant uprisings, the weakening of feudal structures, and increased social mobility (ACDSEH072)
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Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
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Duffy's Medieval Package - Everything Medieval, Black Deat
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