human history disease has been linked to biological, social,
political and economic forces. Epidemics have influenced history
by where they occur, how they develop, and the impact they
have on civilizations. People though, have learned to heal
and to cope with the aftermath of illnesses.
researchers are in the forefront of the battle to understand
diseases and to find cures. In this unit, students
explore disease and its relationship with our history
and literature. They investigate issues that range
from early biological warfare and historical
disease treatments - to observing today’s race for the cure against
current emerging and re-emerging diseases.
and epidemics mark history in their
appearance, evolution, impact and treatment. They are inextricably
intertwined with agricultural and industrial revolutions. Students
explore the movement
of people, trade and diseases during the medieval period and then
apply their understanding to current issues of movement and change
world and disease.
This unit addresses
the education standards for 10th grade.
approaches diseases and epidemics from a biological and social
Students take a lesson from history and from the biology book as
they address a current issue in disease management. Student study
topics that form a basic understandings of what is a disease, how
the body deals with disease, how diseases are exacerbated or combated.
The management of disease, use and misuse of antibiotics and vaccinations, and
the development of new treatments, are all topics of discussion for participating
students as they partner with public health and health care professionals in
raising the awareness within their community of a disease and treatment of disease
address one current issue relating to disease and disease management
within their community. They provide a public service message
that is checked in advance by local public health officials for accuracy.
Researchers in Epidemiology,
Communicable Diseases, Nursing
in Public Health
Science lays the groundwork for this unit’s area
of inquiry by making sure that students not only know why
they need to use aseptic techniques when doing lab work,
but are able to do so proficiently.
While science looks at how diseases present themselves
through physical symptoms and the biological mechanisms
involved in their spreading, math examines probability
models that quantify and illustrate the transmission of
Use questions to navigate and analyze information about the presentation of a
Students use the tools of modern science to see how diseases
are identified and how the immune system functions while
in social studies they travel back to Medieval times when
neither sickness nor resistance to it was understood in
order to examine how these factors made humanity highly
susceptible to epidemics. Through language arts the students
explore the devastation to the human spirit such virulent
diseases create. Math looks at how not everyone exposed
to a disease becomes sick or dies.
Spot (Access Excellence)
Students explore the information to figure out a disease.
Read poetry written by some of the youngest victims
of the pandemic of our time.
As students in science continue to study the immune system
both social studies and language arts classes will be used
to examine how the Medieval way of life and the ways trade
took place in those times presented the ideal conditions
for certain epidemics to happen. Math illuminates the mechanisms
by which the presence of illness in a population can explode
into an epidemic.
While social studies classes explore how trade and exploration
actually improve humanity’s chances for survival,
science classes look deeper into the immune system’s
ability to respond to disease. In language arts students
pull together these two ways of understanding the physical
world, specifically disease, from the historian’s
perspective and from the scientist’s viewpoint.
Science continues to develop an understanding of the immune
system by delving into the world of bacteria and establishing
how to classify these organisms as pathogenic and non-pathogenic.
At the same time social studies brings the discussion of
trade up to date by looking at modern times and the current
modes of transportation for both goods and pathogens. In
language arts students will choose a time and epidemic
of interest to them and read a novel that deals with the
various repercussions on society of a widespread disease
Students will gain a greater understanding of how pathogens
affect the human body and the impact of antibiotics on
the immune system’s response. Math will calculate
the absorption rate of antibiotics. The concept of vaccination
is also introduced in science. Social studies classes examine
smallpox, a disease that devastated populations until a
vaccine for it was developed. Some intriguing occurrences
in medical history are then explored. Students will share
what they have learned about the impact of disease on the
human spirit and society as revealed through literature
in both oral presentations and a formal paper in language
Five paragraph theme paper on how literary elements are used to portray the impact
of the disease.
While in science students reviews historical documents
to study vaccines, social studies looks to the future of
medical breakthroughs and the essential component of informed
consent. Math analyzes the absorption of medication by
the body. Language arts surveys the realm of public service
announcements and what constitutes an effective one.
Science classes examine serious diseases that plague us today
as well as the rise of superbugs from improper use of antibiotics.
Students in social studies look at the effectiveness of posters
used in public health campaigns in the past while they continue
to explore the possiblities of future medical research. Language
arts classes concentrate on compiling information to create a
public service announcement for current ills.
Students ask whether disease can be prevented in all their classes.
In science they look at creating an accurate public service announcement.
In social studies they examine all the factors in society that
must be addressed to change human behavior. And, in language
arts they take what they have learned from science and social
studies and combine it with week nine’s research to create
a bookmark of substantial and accurate scientific information
about a current public health issue that will captivate the public
and encourage behavioral changes.