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Plague 101 | National Geographic

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Plague 101 | National Geographic


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What is plague? How many people died from the Black Death and the other plague pandemics? Learn about the bacterium behind the plague disease, how factors like trade and urbanization caused it to spread to every continent except Antarctica, and how three devastating pandemics helped shape modern medicine

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 8
World History to 1500
17 ) Explain how events and conditions fostered political and economic changes in the late Middle Ages and led to the origins of the Renaissance.

Examples: the Crusades, Hundred Years' War, Black Death, rise of the middle class, commercial prosperity

•  Identifying changes in the arts, architecture, literature, and science in the late Middle Ages (1300-1400 A.D.)
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Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Analyze events and conditions of the late Middle Ages and explain how these led to the origins of the Renaissance.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • foster
  • origins
  • Renaissance
  • Middle Ages
  • Gothic
  • pandemic
  • Inquisition
  • vernacular
  • heresy
  • plague
  • King Edward III
  • Battle of Crécy
  • Joan of Arc
  • War of the Roses
Students know:
  • How the new prosperity of the late Middle Ages enabled the expansion of religious wealth and influence.
  • The effects of the Crusades on Europe.
  • The social and economic impact of the Black Death.
  • The cause and effect of the Hundred Years' War.
  • Identify changes in the arts, architecture, literature, and science in the late Middle Ages.
  • Changes in intellectual thought and economic prosperity that lead to an increase in education among most social groups.
  • Economic changes that resulted in a larger middle class and greater commercial prosperity.
Students are able to:
  • Understand textual evidence of primary and secondary sources.
  • Locate places on a map.
  • Compare and contrast historical events.
  • Analyze historical events for cause and effect.
Students understand that:
  • Events and changes in the late Middle ages led to the origins of the Renaissance.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.8.17- Identify at least one key event, accomplishment, or person from the late Middle Ages.

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