Can Disease Change the World?

Can Disease Change the World?


Oh, rats! Dirty humans ‘more likely’ than rodents to have caused Black Death plague, study finds



COAT OF ARMS DUE DATE:  Period 1 (coat of arms and blog post on coat of arms) due Wednesday, January 31st.  Period 6 (coat of arms and blog post due Monday, January 29th)

This week we will be learning more about The Black Death! All classes will participate in the History Mystery Black Death Lab!   Black Death videos and information below!  Think critically about the following question (perhaps a post??) Think about the questions below.

Can disease change the world?

“What was the Black Death? How did the Black Death spread so quickly? How did the Black Death affect people in the 14th century?

This Activity is from the following educator (Mr. Roughton)

(Mr. Roughton_History Mystery Labs)While no longer a mystery today (or is it?!) the reasons for the spread of the Black Death in Medieval Europe were unknown at the time (and for hundreds of years later.) Most at the time believed it was God’s punishment for various sins or for failing to retake the Holy Land.

Examine the effects of pet exterminations and Medieval protective clothing . Review nursery rhymes and maps to get a sense of the dread of the pestilence and try to determine what made it so violent. Put yourself in the shoes of an biohazard investigator and figure out how we might prevent this disease from ever rising again.

For over 100 years scientists have believed that the Medieval Black Death was the same disease as the modern Bubonic Plague. We’re told it was spread by fleas on rats and is now easily controlled with anti-biotics. Today though there are those who doubt the two diseases are the same and how ready we are to deal with this ancient disease if it surfaces again.

Your task is to fill in your Investigation Journal as you explore the exhibits.



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