This resource can be used as a summative evaluation at the end of a unit on the Black Plague, or as part of a wider study on Medieval Europe. Students complete three activities in this task:
- Research medieval herbal remedies in order to create their own recipe for a cure for the plague.
- Create a notice from the Mayor outlining three ways to avoid the plague.
- Write a journal from the time of the plague, demonstrating an understanding of the way of life and beliefs of people in the Middle Ages.
A marking rubric is included.
This resource would be appropriate for any study of the Black Plague or the Middle Ages, but was written specifically to cover the Australian Curriculum History outcomes:
Living conditions and religious beliefs in the 14th century, including life expectancy, medical knowledge and beliefs about the power of God (ACDSEH015)
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