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Nonfiction reading about the medieval Black Death, two other world plague pandemics, and the bubonic plague today. This will engage student interest, cover skills, and provide you with many activities for differentiation. It includes critical thinking questions, primary sources, quick objective questions, vocabulary, and visuals to interpret with a complete answer key. Perfect for a SS/ELA cross-curricular Middle Ages unit; no-prep homework; extra credit; text supplement centers; gifted enrichment; current issues; and more. Designed for oral discussion OR written responses. Many teacher tips for use.
The topics are the Plague of Justinian (6th Century A.D.), the medieval Black Death, the Third Pandemic (1855), use in war, medical discoveries and treatment, modern cases, prevention, symptoms, forms, and current concerns. The reading is ten paragraphs with illustrations. Black and white for easy photocopying. See the Preview for a sample of the reading level to determine if it is appropriate for your students.
--4 page reading for 6-10th with critical thinking questions embedded in the text for discussion or written response (short answer).
--Maps and illustrations
--3 Primary sources for analysis with questions: Public List of Deaths from a 1665 outbreak in London; short text of the 1925 Geneva Protocol against international use of poisonous gas or biological weapons of warfare; and a CDC bar graph of U.S. deaths, 2000-2014.
--Decorated lined sheet to use for a three paragraph summary of the article. Helpful writing instructions included.
--25 objective questions for a reading response or a quiz.
--Complete answer key with teacher notes.
--List of ELA Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies 6-10 and sample list of Reading: Informational Text Standards covered.
Questions and activities include the following skills: main idea, sequence, vocabulary, cause/effect, relationship of graphics and text; summary, different viewpoints, author's purpose, fact/opinion, and interpretation.
NOTE: A shorter version of this product is INCLUDED in this packet of Middle Ages Passages!
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