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Diseases throughout human history
Students will trace the historical impact of disease on humankind and research key events in the history of disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer
In these lesson plans, students will act as CSI agents investigating the mysterious pathogen that caused the massive potato crop failure and resultant Great Famine of 1845 in Ireland.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Columbian Exchange at a glance
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 5.2
Countless animals, plants, and microorganisms crossed the Atlantic Ocean with European explorers and colonists in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This chart lists some of the organisms that had the greatest impact on human society worldwide.
Format: article
Understanding the Columbian Exchange
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 5.1
This lesson will help students think about the effects of the Columbian Exchange, particularly the exchange of disease as it affected the psychology of the Europeans and Native populations in the early settlement of the Americas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Diseases of Africa
Students will demonstrate an ability to research diseases in Africa and the causes, symptoms, treatment, and long-range solutions involving infrastructure development. They will compare and contrast countries and diseases. Working in groups, students will do research and prepare a multimedia presentation on the disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Jim Carson.
Sanitation and privies
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 2.10
This article, published by the North Carolina State Board of Health in 1919, tried to educate people about how to improve their health, as well as the health of their neighbors, by building proper outhouses. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Format: image/photograph
Smallpox victim
Smallpox victim
This photograph of a smallpox victim appeared in the Baltimore Health News in 1939.
Format: image/photograph
1890 Scott's Emulsion
1890 Scott's Emulsion
This is an advertisement for Scott's Emulsion, a weight gain product sold in the late 1800s. It claims that it will cure "all forms of wasting diseases" including consumption, bronchitis, scrofula, coughs and colds. The advertisement was found in the January...
Format: image/photograph
STDs: You have to know
The lesson allows students to explore what they know and need to know about some of the most common STDs affecting teens.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Crumpler.
Disease and catastrophe
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 5.3
Of all the kinds of life exchanged when the Old and New Worlds met, lowly germs had the greatest impact. Europeans and later Africans brought smallpox and a host of other diseases with them to America, where those diseases killed as much as 90 percent of the native population of two continents. Europeans came away lucky -- with only a few tropical diseases from Africa and, probably, syphilis from the New World. In America, disease destoyed civilizations.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Cooking in Tukche
Cooking in Tukche
In Tukche, Nepal, a woman stands in front of a raised stove platform and cooks food. Lying on the platform are some tin cans, pots and pans and other kitchen paraphernalia. The stove is a "smokeless" variety. This stove is an improvement from the traditional...
Format: image/photograph
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 2.6
This article, published by the North Carolina State Board of Health in 1889, instructed public officials about how to properly quarantine sick people to stop the spread of diseases. Includes historical commentary about common diseases of the time and how they were understood by doctors.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Tracking a potato killer: Using latitude and longitude to map the spread of P. infestans
In CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer, page 1
Students use latitude and longitude to follow the transmission of the plant pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of the Irish Potato Famine.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Rebecca Hite.
Microbiology: Bacteria in our environment
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.5
In this lesson, students will learn about bacterial cells and will participate in a lab measuring the growth of bacterial colonies.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The fate of North Carolina's native peoples: Causes and effects
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an article about changes in the population of North Carolina in the early 1700s as European settlers displaced American Indians. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer a series of questions.
Format: worksheet/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Women cooking in a mountain house in western Nepal
Women cooking in a mountain house in western Nepal
In Nayathanti, Nepal, an elderly woman sorts through a bunch of broad-leafed mustard greens while a young woman works over the hearth. They are probably cooking food for the trekking tourists and their porters. The smoke from cooking and heating the home is...
Format: image/photograph
Wife inheritance and the AIDS epidemic in Africa
When an African man dies, it is the responsibility of his brother to inherit his widow. This has become a key factor in the spread of the AIDS virus. This plan looks at this tradition and the AIDS epidemic in African countries and students will discuss possible solutions in a Paideia seminar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Diary of a journey of Moravians
First-hand account of the journey of twelve Moravian brothers from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1753.
Format: diary (multiple pages)