1. Setting the stage. Display Overhead 1. Read the statement
and the cause of all the deaths. Inform students that
in the next several lessons, beginning with this first
one, they are going to try and understand a moment in
history: The 14th century in Europe. They will begin
by exploring the devastation of the Black Death. Leave
on the Overhead with the questions listed under Task
1. (5 minutes)
Each student must be able to answer the questions listed
in Task 1 on Overhead 1. Have each
down the questions in their notebooks.
Give Handout 1 to _ the class. Handout 2 goes to the
other _. Each
is to read their handout and answer
questions. (NOTE: Handout 1 was originally written
for 7th graders so this might be better for low to
Allow 30 minutes for students to read their text and
answer the questions.
Now have students work in pairs. Pair students based
on having different reading materials.
and share their information. At the end of this
collaboration they should have notes that contain
6. Give each student a copy of Handout 3. Using their
notes, students should share answers that help to fill
in the matrix. They must be able to clearly explain what
their responses mean.
Using an overhead of Handout 3 – fill in the
class answers as they share their answers. Refer to the
Key for possible answers. Not all the answers will be
there after this first lesson. The next two lessons will
help to fill in the matrix.