Understanding the Plague as History

Marmots, Mongols, and More!

Participants in this workshop learn about how recent scholarship has changed how historians understand the Second Plague Pandemic, aka the Black Death, and how teachers can engage students with this research. Participants will also discuss a framework for student writing using historical sources.

Marmots, like this Siberian species, are a reservoir for plague bacteria. Source: Wikipedia.

Lesson Resources


Update: a couple of years after creating the original lesson, I put together an Advanced Placement History style document-based question for an AP World History class.

Secondary Sources