The Impact of Disease on History
An introduction to the diseases that changed the course of history and made scientific research both urgent and difficult.

This is a shorter version of Medical Mysteries. It includes most of the teacher notes and links, two reading selections on diseases in history and on the search for the cause of yellow fever (both written fairly simply but accurately, and designed to appeal to middle school or high school students). Each reading selection is followed by comprehension questions and answer keys.

It also includes a glossary, a crossword puzzle to practice disease vocabulary, and links to excellent videos and resources on several major diseases, as well as a summary discussion activity.

If you would prefer lesson plans for a complete thematic unit on the long battle to understand and control disease, including a cooperative web quest and optional student writing or presentation ideas as well as a reading and comp questions on scurvy (besides the two reading selections and video links in this packet), see “Medical Mysteries.”

18 pages. CCSS RI 7.1, 8.1, CCRA R1 & R2, RH 6-8.1, RST 6-8.4, and 9-10.4.
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Created: Oct 31, 2015

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