Case Study: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic – Factors Beyond the Biological that Influence the Spread of Disease

A very timely lesson looks at the social and political factors that affect the spread of disease. Using the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as a case study, pupils research factors that influenced the spread of the disease, including the role of the media and public health publications.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class create a Venn diagram comparing the 1918 Influenza Pandemic to the 2019 Covid-19 pandemic
Classroom Considerations
  • The second of two resources that focus on how diseases spread
  • Class members should have experience with the RAFT writing technique
Pros
  • The activity encourages individuals to examine the science involved in the spread of disease as well as the social and political factors that influence the responses to a pandemic
Cons
  • None