Lesson Module on the History and Geography of a Pandemic
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and World History Digital Education Foundation (WHDEF) are offering teachers a set of free, three-day classroom modules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These modules provide instruction for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to past pandemics and for examining geographic and economic data to understand diffusion sources, globalization, and government responses. In the Day 1 module, “Historical Comparison to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918,” students investigate primary and secondary sources on the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the Influenza pandemic of 1918. In the Day 2 module, “Geographic Diffusion,” students investigate sources on the diffusion of COVID-19 and analyze population pyramids for five countries impacted by COVID-19. The module for Day 3,“Globalization and Economic Impact,” has students analyze globalization through global economic data on the crisis, as well as the growth of COVID-19 cases in Italy, South Korea, and the United States, including government responses. The modules are designed for virtual learning and classroom use.
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