COVID-19: Comparison with the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

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A timely lesson uses documentation from the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 to compare it to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Scholars watch a short video, analyze sources, complete a worksheet, and write a claim with supporting evidence. Once finished, academics compare the similarities and differences between the two pandemics and discuss them in a group setting. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare government's reactions to the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 and the plague
  • Discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is directly affecting learners 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is first in a three-part series
  • Educator may need to provide updated information before using the lesson
Pros
  • Lesson provides multiple sources of information for analysis 
  • Includes teaching tips to help the instructor guide pupils 
Cons
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