1. Ask the students to remember a time
when they themselves have been very sick, such as with
a bad case of the flu or even something much worse, or
when a family member or close friend has been gravely
ill. Have them write down all the ways being terribly
sick affected their lives. What were the obvious physical
symptoms and perhaps the emotional repercussions? What
was the social impact? Was there a financial impact on
the student’s family? Were there other areas of
life affected such as spiritual, artistic, or political?
If students are comfortable with this topic ask them
to briefly share their answers with the class.
Give the students the rest of class and the week to carefully
read the book they have chosen, filling in
the matrix, which is a format they have already used
in history class. Each student will need to take notes
on how each of the literary elements of theme, point
of view, characterization, setting, and plot illustrate
the effects a certain disease has on a community ,
down quotes to be used in his or her five paragraph
theme. You may need to review these elements of theme
Inform students that they should each take notes to identify
examples in his or her book of how
time in history and the culture described have been
altered or changed by the disease in the story.
If any student is not able to complete the work of
this lesson in the four allotted classroom periods,
need to use time beyond class to finish their work
so that they are prepared on Monday of the following
to present their matrix. This lesson does not have
a discreet closure activity; its actual closure
work to be done in the explain and apply lessons.
any student is not able to complete the work of this lesson
in the four allotted classroom periods they need to use time
beyond class to finish their work so that they are prepared
on Monday of the following week to present their matrix.
work may be evaluated by looking at the quality and quantity
of answers from the engagement activity and the matrix. You
may wish not to grade the matrix until after lesson #3 or to
give points based on effort alone at this time.