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Black Plague Simulation

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

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.)
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • 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
Knowledge:
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.
Skills:
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.
Understanding:
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.


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  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

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