Disease! Crash Course World History 203

International exploration and trade have largely carved out the world we know now. However, these historical movements often contributed to widespread pandemics of diseases, including the Bubonic Plague and other regional illnesses that were suddenly not so regional. Learn more about the history of disease and medicine in the last few centuries with a video from Crash Course World History.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members conduct research for the most current news articles about the appearance of the Bubonic Plague, or articles from the 1980s about the outbreak of HIV/AIDS
  • Host a debate about the issue of vaccinations based on thorough research and discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • The third part of a larger series on essential questions in world history
  • Narration moves quickly, so consider pausing to elaborate upon key points
  • Describes the Great Dying of the indigenous peoples of the Americas during the Columbian Exchange, as well as the more well-known Black Death
  • Engaging and thought-provoking narration
  • None