Wages and the Black Death

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While the Black Death wiped out a third of Europe's population during the Middle Ages, its destruction paved the way for better wages for workers and even an early form of modern capitalism. The relationship between the cataclysmic event and economics can be murky for some learners. Using the background reading, activities, and role play included in the lesson plan, scholars discover the long-lasting effects of one moment in time. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create discussion questions to guide learners after they participate in the trial of the rats and fleas involved in the Middle Ages' Black Death
  • Have your class practice careful reading and sequencing skills using the chronology activity and background reading
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is the 15th of 23 Middle School World History installments from the Council for Economic Education
  • Lesson plan offers a variety of activities that appeal to a broad range of pupils
  • Materials are extensive and offer the teacher options
  • Teacher may need to develop discussion questions to recap key themes of the lesson, as they aren't included
Common Core