ALEX Learning Activity

Black Plague Simulation

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Melissa Knowles
System:Scottsboro City
School:Scottsboro City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1055
Black Plague Simulation
Digital Tool/Resource:
The Black Death
Web Address – URL:

This is a hands-on, whole classroom, interactive, simulation activity showing the spread of the Black Death in the late Middle Ages.  Students will be able to gain a clear understanding of the spread of the Black Death through actively participating in this simulation game.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
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.)

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

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to explain how the Black Death fostered political and economic changes in the late Middle Ages and led to the origins of the Renaissance.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

After a lesson about the Black Death, students will play this simulation game.  They will imagine they are traveling to a variety of towns and villages on a pilgrimage or a trading voyage.  They will travel by land or by sea for a total of 6 journeys.  The specifics of their journey will be recorded in their journal.  Each roll of the dice will indicate certain specifics for each student about their journey.  After the simulation, students will write a postcard back home talking about their journey.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will be assessed on the postcard they write home talking about their journey.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher may want to show the following YouTube video about the Black Death.

Variation Tips (optional):

Spread over several days to dig deeper into the lesson.

Students could work in small groups.

Allow the students to share their postcards with the class.


Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: The Black Death, The Black Plague