The Black Death (LS-TR-306)

These days, our world is facing a pandemic: but it is not the first

This learning scenario aims to get students to learn one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. By the end of the lesson, they will not only understand why people called it “The Black Death” but also they will feel the pain that the victims felt.

Aim of the project

The plague has always been one of the most attractive topics for people. And also, the plague known as “The Black Death” has some similarities with our modern world’s pandemics. Not only because it was originated in East Asia but it has also travelled along trade roads.

The learning scenario contains activities with ICT tools such as Wordwall, Mentimeter, and Google Forms. Students have some challenges that make them discuss, depict, write stories and work in teams.


The first part of the lesson was devoted to finding out answers to the questions such as:

  • How and where did the plague appear?
  • Why did it spread too fast?
  • What did it cause in European cities?
  • And whether have we learned something from it or not?

Students looked for the answers by watching videos and searching how the effect of the plague was reflected in art. They also wrote short stories to tell their feelings about the illness by working in teams.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collection and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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