The Black Death Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 31 questions based on a Ted-Ed video tutorial and the History.com website.
Students will be introduced to the topic of the Black Death by first watching a Ted-Ed video that explains the origins of the plague, the bacteria which causes it (Yersinia Pestis), and why the demographics of Europe during the mid 14th century set up a perfect scenario for a plague outbreak. The video also discusses how the plague had positive effects on the human race (the collapse of Feudalism, more healthy genetics surviving). After the Ted-Ed video, students will travel to the History.com website which will present them with three further videos which will: describe the symptoms of the plague, the ravaging of the European population, and how the plague spread so quickly from animals hosts (fleas on rats) to humans. To conclude the activity, students will read an article which discusses the crude medical treatments that the people of this time attempted to use to ward off the plague. The article will also discuss how many people of this time saw the plague as punishment from an angry god.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.