A Legal Horror Story: the Witch Craze

Target Student Group and Quiz Context

The target student group for this activity can be a 9th grade world history class or a 10 grade US history class. The witch craze that happened in the US and throughout Europe is an interesting period that can be used to get students thinking about some overarching historical topics. This period can be an example of how laws are changed/influenced by “current” events or when looking at the power religion has over law making. These quizzes can be given when students are learning how to examine primary sources for their main ideas as well as an introduction to the US witch craze.

Direct Links:

A Legal Horror Story Primary Source Analysis https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxzJyf7BMsol1CLoR0UT50kJJ2X7JiEDuZ7kYTrsJjRdH1qg/viewform?usp=sf_link

You’ve been Accused https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclYqDl4HFLkheAHXuKLOUMfEOTyNMpbu4ldMhJMCHNXZ6bhg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mapping our History: Geography’s Impact on the Past

Target Student Group

The target group for these lessons is a 9th grade Modern World History class during the first unit of the year: Geography.

Context for Learning

The first form is an activity that teaches the students about different geographic regions of the world. This would be given to the students at the beginning of the unit to briefly introduce several different locations around the world (including our own city of Portland!) The goal is just to get the students thinking about ways that geography affects history and how humans interact with their environment.

The second form, a self-graded quiz on geography map skills, will serve as a formal formative assessment for the students to apply their map skills and clarify any misconceptions they might have about the content. This form requires the student to review and apply the Five Themes of Geography (Movement, Region, Human Environment Interaction, Location, and Place), consider the cartographer’s motive in creating the map, apply latitude and longitude skills, and identify hemispheres.

Direct Links to Google Forms

Geographic Exploration Differentiated Form Link

Map Skills Self-Graded Quiz Link

Geographic Exploration Differentiated Form

Geography Map Skills Self-Graded Google Form

Ashes, Ashes We All Fall Down: Analyzing Perspectives of the Black Plague through primary sources

Title image source

Though I only just received my placement, planning a lesson for the Black Death seemed to be too good of an opportunity to pass up! I studied the plague as an undergraduate student and felt the moment we are living during the COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent opportunity to encourage students to grapple with the history of infectious disease by seeing how they impacted past societies.

Maggie and I partnered to create two Google Form lessons to lead the students in a source analysis exercise and to compare and contrast attitudes towards the plague with the modern-day. I designed these lessons for my 10th grade World History classes at Mountain View HS. The goal of the lesson was to help build students source analysis skills and encourage class participation by developing a discussion centered around comparing and contrasting the Black Plague with the current pandemic.

Link to form 1: “Analyzing the Black Plague Primary Sources

Link to form 2: “The Plague & COVID-19

Link to bonus form: “Survive the Black Plague” choose your own adventure quiz

Black Death spread map. Source

The Black Plague was a deadly pandemic that devastated Europe, Asia and Northern Africa in the mid-1300s. The traveled along trade routes and is thought to have killed between 1/3rd to 1/2 of of people in Europe. Some cities and towns became abandoned due to the wide-spread effects.

Agnolo Di Tura, Plague in Siena: An Italian Chronicle
Plague doctor image
Plague spread map
“A Most Terrible Plague”: Giovanni Boccaccio
Union County Government COVID-19 infographic
Plague Symptoms painting
Ars sive artes from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 138v
Street during the plague in London with a death cart
The angel of death striking a door during the plague of Rome
Plague; carting the dead, by Moynet