Dear Year 8,
During my absence on Long-Service Leave, you will be learning about the Black Death, a horrifying disease that struck the hapless and defenceless people of Asia and Europe in the 14th century.
It is thought that the bacteria that caused the plague, having originated in China, were carried by the fleas on black rats. These rats hitched a ride westwards along the Silk Road trading route, reaching Europe in 1348. Estimations vary, but most historians agree that at least one-third of the European population perished. The plague was terrifying, painful and deadly.
The links and activities below, along with your text and the handouts provided in class by Ms Giesbrecht, will give you a detailed overview of this horrifying event in human history.
Kind regards from Ms Green
Handout: Social and Economic Effects of the Plague (caution: difficult!)
My Simple Concept Map (which will help you develop your own more detailed version – see the embedded version at the bottom of this post)
Quizzes and Activities
Quiz: The Black Death in 1348
Quiz: The History of the Black Death (very challenging vocabulary)
Video: Crash Course History: Disease! (difficult words → watch with the subtitles turned on!)
- BBC Bite Size History: The Black Death from www.bbc.co.uk
- The Plague in Sydney, 1900: A Picture Gallery
- The Black Death and Early Public Health Measures fromwww.sciencemuseum.org.uk
- Death Defined: Black Death – Causes and Symptoms from http://historymedren.about.com/
- How the Black Death Worked from www.howstuffworks.com
- A General Account, including Boccaccio’s Description of the Plague’s Symptoms from http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/
- Global Impacts of the Black Death from www.abouteducation.com
- Decoding the Black Death through Archaeology from www.sciencedaily.com
My Concept Map
This simplified outline is meant as a starting point to direct your research for your own concept map. Find out more about each point and add detailed explanations, symbols and pictures, so that your concept map is thorough and detailed. You can also add points of your own.