The Black Death

    The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. Coming out of the East - it is thought to have started in China-,    it travelled along the Silk Road and reached Crimea by 1346. From there, the Black Death reached  Sicily in October 1347 carried by twelve Genoese galleys, and the land of Italy (Genoa, Venice and Pisa) in the spring of 1348.

    From Italy the disease spread northwest across Europe, striking France, Spain, Portugal and England by June 1348; then turned and spread east through Germany and Scandinavia from 1348    to 1350. It was introduced in Norway in 1349. Finally it spread to north-western Russia in 1351. The plague spared some parts of Europe, including the Kingdom of Poland and isolated parts of Belgium and the Netherlands.



    The plague presented itself in three forms. The bubonic variant (the most common) derives its name from the swellings or buboes that appeared on a victim's neck, armpits or groin.  A second variation - pneumonic plague - attacked the respiratory system and was spread by breathing the exhaled air of a victim. It was much more virulent than the bubonic one. Finally, the septicemic version of the disease attacked the blood system.

    Having no defense and no understanding of the cause of the plague, the men, women and children fell victim to the Black Death. From late 1347 through early 1351, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% – 60% of Europe's population, reducing the world's population from    an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. Outbreaks of the plague continued for two hundred years.

    The cause of the plague was not discovered until the 20th century. At present, plague still exists in various parts of the world. In 2003, more than 2,100 human cases and 180 deaths were recorded, nearly all of them in Africa. The last reported serious outbreak was in 2006 in Central Africa. The United States, China, India, Vietnam, and Mongolia are among the other countries that have confirmed human plague cases in recent years. Most people survive if they're given the correct antibiotics in time.

         Here you´ll find the Power Point Presentation and other resources to complete your newspaper front page  about the Black Death, and some websites to search for information.



                                (references for PPT in the first/last slides) 




 Some of the PPT Presentations have been adapted or modified in order to be more suitable for the students I work with. This resources have been used exclusively to teach History developing the History Bilingual Curriculum, not for personal or professional profit.

 Lunes, 09 Mayo 2011

The Black Death - a reading lesson for kids


         BUBONIC PLAGUE!!! Rock out with the world famous Social Studs in this rocking new music video about the Black Death.
                  Social Studs are a rock band that have provided thousands of students with educational entertainment. Social Studs feature the talents of George Washingtone on vocals and Abrajam Lincoln on instruments.

Black Death Song - Bubonic Plague Lesson



The Black Death - *Causes and Cures*  A video about what people believed caused the Black Death and the cures that were used to save them. In Medieval England, the Black Death was to kill 1.5 million people out of an estimated total of 4 million people between 1348 and 1350.