Materials on the Black Death for K-12 Teachers

From the site: "Because of developments in genetics and other scientific disciplines in the past decade, there is need to radically alter the way the history of the Black Death and other historical plague outbreaks are taught. The "new paradigm" of Black Death studies hasn't yet entered textbooks, so for the moment teachers will need to piece together their own interpretations of the main findings. These have primarily to do with broadened understandings of plague's geographic extent, its chronological extent (it lasted a lot longer than just the 14th century), and its ecological complexity. These are just a few notes I've gathered to help K-12 teachers find open-access materials they can begin to use. I hope to continue to develop these materials in the future. Understanding the Black Death and the persistence of plague in every continent offers good lessons for thinking about pandemic diseases generally and the role of disease in history. In our era of Ebola and Zika, this may well be a topic that can launch a variety of other needed discussions."
Monica Green offers her resources on teaching the Black Death, without lesson plans, but with a syllabus, reading lists, access to her blog. She believes that in light of the world we live in now, with Zika and COVID-19 something that even school children are affected by, it's important to change how we talk about plagues and pandemics in the classroom.

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Materials on the Black Death for K-12 Teachers

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2021-02-12

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From the site: "Because of developments in genetics and other scientific disciplines in the past decade, there is need to radically alter the way the history of the Black Death and other historical plague outbreaks are taught. The "new paradigm" of Black Death studies hasn't yet entered textbooks, so for the moment teachers will need to piece together their own interpretations of the main findings. These have primarily to do with broadened understandings of plague's geographic extent, its chronological extent (it lasted a lot longer than just the 14th century), and its ecological complexity. These are just a few notes I've gathered to help K-12 teachers find open-access materials they can begin to use. I hope to continue to develop these materials in the future. Understanding the Black Death and the persistence of plague in every continent offers good lessons for thinking about pandemic diseases generally and the role of disease in history. In our era of Ebola and Zika, this may well be a topic that can launch a variety of other needed discussions."
Monica Green offers her resources on teaching the Black Death, without lesson plans, but with a syllabus, reading lists, access to her blog. She believes that in light of the world we live in now, with Zika and COVID-19 something that even school children are affected by, it's important to change how we talk about plagues and pandemics in the classroom.

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