Go through each of the slides in this presentation, asking the students to raise their hands once they know what the connecting factor is between all the pictures. Then, go back through the presentation a second time elaborating on each picture to give an overview of the topic and engage student interest about the Black Death.
Worksheet for the Schama Video I follow the Black Death PowerPoint by watching the first 15 minutes of "King Death" from Schama's "History of Britain". Student complete this simple worksheet as they watch.
Symptoms of the Black Death
Students order the symptoms of the Black Death into the correct chronological order, and then produce their own gruesome storyboard about the progress of the disease.
Causes of the Black Death
Students categorise primary sources about the Black Death into religious / superstitious and scientific causes.
Cures for the Black Death
Students have to categorise contemporary cures for the Black Death into religious / superstitious and scientific, then produce a piece of display work based on one of them.
The Black Death Simulation / End of Unit Assessment [Interactive]
A self-marking assessment testing both factual knowledge and sourcework skills. Students can play the game for as long as they wish, then at the end they are presented with two scores in the form of a certificate, both of which can be handed to the teacher to put into the markbook!