Also available as part of Duffy's Black Death Package:
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?
Keep an eye out: soon to be followed by ‘Consequences 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. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Causes-and-Spread-of-the-Black-Death-PowerPointWorksheet-ACARA-1473676
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)
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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