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The Black Death (LS-TR-306)
Sedat Güngörmez
April 27, 2020
Art, Citizenship, Cooperative learning, Cultural awareness and expression, Digital literacy, English, Face-to-face, Formal, Gamification, Group dynamics, History, Learning Scenarios, Mind map, Project-based learning, Quiz, Upper Secondary Education

These days, our world is facing a pandemic: but it is not the first
This learning scenario aims to get students to learn one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. By the end of the lesson, they will not only understand why people called it “The Black Death” but also they will feel the pain that the victims felt.
Aim of the project
The plague has always been one of the most attractive topics for people. And also, the plague known as “The Black Death” has some similarities with our modern world’s pandemics. Not only because it was originated in East Asia but it has also travelled along trade roads.
The learning scenario contains activities with ICT tools such as Wordwall, Mentimeter, and Google Forms. Students have some challenges that make them discuss, depict, write stories and work in teams.
Implementation
The first part of the lesson was devoted to finding out answers to the questions such as:
  • How and where did the plague appear?
  • Why did it spread too fast?
  • What did it cause in European cities?
  • And whether have we learned something from it or not?
Students looked for the answers by watching videos and searching how the effect of the plague was reflected in art. They also wrote short stories to tell their feelings about the illness by working in teams.
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3 Responses to "The Black Death (LS-TR-306)"
Alexandra Duarte says:
May 4, 2020 at 11:10 am
Dear Sedat,
Well done!!! Love your LS, with varied resources and activities not to mention how updated it is. I am an EFL teacher, but in any case, I would use your material for my classes: I played your activities and they are very well planned and work well as reinforcement and review work.
I am involved in an ERASMUS+ project around reading and I did basically the same but with literature. In case you’re interested, have a look at these examples: Albert Camus, “The Plague” (1847), Mary Shelley, “The Last Man” (1826), Daniel Defoe, “Journal of the Plague Year” (1722).
Again, congrats on your amazing LS and enjoy these readings,
Alexandra
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Sedat says:
May 4, 2020 at 7:59 pm
Dear Alexandra
Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, I read Camus’ book and I will read the other books you have mentioned as soon as possible
Best regards
Sedat
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arzukilitcicalayir says:
May 21, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Dear Sedat,
Your LS is very nice. I loved it. Especially, it is very meaningful these days. The world face to face a big pandemic and this is not the first. Nowadays, If we show enough patience, I believe that, the future will be better than today. So, your LS is very helpful to overcome hopelessness for the future. It is valuable and beneficial for students and teachers.
Best regards
Arzu
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