Students will read selected passages
from the diary of Samuel Pepys who lived in London
in the 1660’s during the devastation of the plague.
Students will describe what Pepys personally witnessed
and then compare his observations with the passage
from Year of Wonders. “Ring around the Rosie” and
the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin will then be
discussed in light of the plague.
This is the explain lesson. Students will analyze passages
from a first person account of the plague to see how
disease in a community affects every aspect of life.
Students will be able to:
1. Read a passage from a piece of historical literature
2. Make connections between the piece of literature
and concepts being learned in history and science
3. Identify words and phrases that are unique historical
words and phrases to the literary passage.
National English Education
Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to
build an understanding of the many dimensions of human experience.
Strand 1: Concept
PO 3. Determine how the meaning of the text is affected by
the writer’s word choice.
Strand 1: Concept 6
PO 4. Connect information and events in text to experience
and to related text and sources.
Strand 2: Concept 2
PO 1. Describe the historical and cultural aspects found
in cross-cultural works of literature.
would be good to read the diary of Samuel Pepys and a little
about how London was affected by the plague.
and Resource Websites
www.SchoolHistory.co.uk (The web site where the Samuel Pepys diary can be found)