007 - Death and Disease

Factual Question

What types of diseases did people suffer from in the Middle Ages?

Debatable Question

All 'cures' for diseases in the Middle Ages made you worse. Discuss

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Key Terminology

  • Disease
  • Smallpox
  • Black Death
  • Leprosy



Activity One - Watch

  • Watch the clip below and answer the following two questions:
    1. What is the plague and how is it spread?
    2. What captured your attention about the clip?

Horrible Histories - The Plague Song




Activity Two - Role Play

In teams of approximately 3 or 4 you will be devising a short play or google presentation to inform your audience about a particular disease. The key things that the audience will need to know include:

      1. What is the disease?
      2. How does it spread?
      3. What impact does it have on people?
      4. What remedies did they use in the Medieval Era to 'cure' the disease?
      5. How effective was the 'cure'?
If your group has decided to put on a play what roles do you need? Think about having a doctor as an expert and a family.


Grid to fill during the presentations

Diseases in the Medieval Times


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