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Title: The Bubonic Plague

Developed by Derek Watson and John Bachtel

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Content Area: World History

Grade Level: 10th

Materials/Resources (Including Software):
Textbook with information on the Bubonic Plague
Spreadsheet program with graph and chart capabilities

Technology Focus:
  Database   Graphical Organizer   Internet   Multimedia
X Spreadsheet X Word Processing   Web Page Design   Other

Skills Included in Lesson

Timeline: One to two 50 minute class periods

TEKS:
Subject Area - §113.33.11(A, B), §113.33.25 (B, C, I), §113.33.26 (C, D)
Technology Applications - N/A

Objectives:
1. The students will research and gather information about the number and location
    of deaths caused by the Bubonic Plague.
2. The students will use a spreadsheet program to create graphs and charts of the
    gathered information.
3. The students will use graphs and charts to compare and contrast the areas of 
    the world affected by the Bubonic Plague.
4. The students will draw conclusions about why more (or less) deaths occurred 
    in specific areas of the world.

Procedures:
1. Have students use their textbook to gather the following information:
        Number of deaths due to Bubonic Plague in China during the 
        14th Century
        Number of deaths due to Bubonic Plague in Western Europe 
        during the 14th Century
        Number of deaths due to Bubonic Plague in Southwest Asia 
        during the 14th Century
2. Transfer the gathered information to a spreadsheet program in the 
    following manner:
        Column A -- Name of Country
        Column B -- Number of Deaths
3. Create a pie chart with the following requirements:
        Title:  Plague in the 14th Century
        Legend with countries and percents labeled
        Deaths in millions
4. Create a bar graph with the following requirements:
        Title:  Plague in the 14th Century
        Legend with deaths in millions
        Axes labeled (country and numbers)
5. Create a line graph with the following requirements:
        Title:  Plague in the 14th Century
        Legend with deaths in millions
        Axes labeled (country and numbers)
6. Copy, paste and resize each graph onto one page in a word processing 
    program. Include the following title:
                        The Bubonic Plague in the 14th Century
7. In class, lead a discussion on why more (or less) deaths occurred in a given area.

Assessment:
Graph and Chart page
Teacher observation of class discussion

Modifications:
Have students work in pairs
Require 1 or 2 charts/graphs instead of 3

Extensions:

Additional Resources/Websites:

Midway Instructional Technology Specialists
12/21/07