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Accompanying Unit Plan: Social Studies 7th Grade Unit: Healthcare – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Healthcare: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- 7-H1.2.2 Read and comprehend a historical passage to identify basic factual knowledge and the literal meaning by indicating who was involved, what happened, where it happened, what events led to the development, and what consequences or outcomes followed.
- 7-W4.2.3 The Plague –Use historical and modern maps and other evidence to explain the causes and consequences of the Plague.
The learner will take on the persona of a medieval doctor or nurse attempting to educate villagers (classmates) about the causes, consequences, and rumors (or myths) of the plague by keeping a close medical record (journal) that details the locations of outbreaks and epidemics and lists any possible causes, symptoms, and consequences, writing a 1 page medieval medical journal (article) that summarizes his or her findings, creating a map that shows the progression of the plague, and giving a 3-5 minute medical seminar (presentation) on a rumor (or myth) about the plague and showing from research why the rumor (or myth) could be either true or false.
The purpose of this assessment is for each student to not only fulfill the requirements outlined by the GLCEs, but also to further develop researching, analyzing, synthesizing, and presenting skills, all of which are required for this assessment. Prior to this assessment, students will have had time to interact with primary and secondary sources from the plague and Medieval times to build background knowledge and set a foundation for their analysis and synthesis in their assessment. Once students have examined primary and secondary sources, they are responsible to research modern day sources (including but not limited to medical journals and maps) to synthesize their hypotheses from the primary and secondary sources. They will use this information to build their medical record and for writing their medical journal and for creating their map of the progression of the plague. Their medical seminar will be an evaluation of how well they apply and synthesize their knowledge of the plague to the rumors and myths that come with the plague.
You are a doctor or nurse in the medieval times. The plague has been raging across Europe and since it is a “new” disease, there are no official medical records on it and the villagers don’t know what to expect. Is it contagious? Will it overtake the town? If someone gets sick, can they recover? These are all questions that they are looking to you to answer.
You need to:
- Create an official medical record that includes possible causes, symptoms, consequences, and rumors (or myths) about the plague.
- Write a one-page medical journal that summarizes your findings and what you have written in your medical record.
- Track the progression of the plague; create a map to show the progression.
- Present at our Medical Seminar.
- You must present the rumor (or myth) you studied about the plague.
- You must show why the rumor (or myth) is or isn’t true.
- Use your medical record, journal, and map in your presentation as your evidence for why you think the rumor (or myth) is or isn’t true.