Black Death of 1348
  • This lesson focuses on the arrival of the Black Death to England in 1349. Students are introduced to the idea of why the Black Death was so scary, learning about the symptoms of the Bubonic Plague and Pneumonic Plague and the devastation that lay in its wake from empty villages today to paintings showing devastation and death.
  • They are introduced to key words such as contagion, flagellants, humours and miasmas and how these words link to the learning objective through a thinking quilt.
  • They will also learn how the peasants gained in status as a result of the reduction of the workforce and how this gave them more bargaining power with their landlords over wages.
  • The plenary is a Black Death connecting wall which requires students to link four key phrases and explaining why.
  • This lesson is therefore designed to be interactive, fun, challenging and engaging and could be used over two lessons.
  • The resource is differentiated and gives suggested teaching strategies. It comes in PDF and Powerpoint format which can be amended and changed to suit.
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Created: Sep 11, 2019

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