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How Black Plague, Smallpox, and Influenza Changed World History

Edward Simmons
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(684)
Two rounds of Black Plague in Eurasia led to Smallpox in the Americas and the Slave Trade, then Influenza led to Pandemics.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Students will be exposed to the importance of diseases in world history. They will be encouraged to explore the paradoxical benefits and dangers that come with improved transportation, trade, and communication. They will be encouraged to understand the current pandemic as a factor shaping their future life. They will be encouraged to understand current events based on evidence-based standards used by historians.
The instructor has about 40 years experience as a facilitator used to dealing with sensitivities during group discussions, showing respect for people's opinions while focusing on what is factual as opposed to what is more speculative. Insisting that members of groups respect the views of others is a standard that is always maintained.
Homework Offered
Reading 3 handouts prior to class is recommended. Having them printed out for easy reference during the course would be helpful.
Assessments Offered
The class will involve polling to stimulate student participation and application of information.
Grades Offered
 3 files available upon enrollment
Students are asked to read 3 handouts before the class to help things move along smoother. Handout 1 is a list of 21 terms that will be used along with an explanation of each. Handout 2 is an agenda for the course. Handout 3 is an interview with the author of a history on the influenza pandemic. Encouraging active student conversation while also keeping on schedule will keep this instructor on his toes!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This subject involves talking about the origin of the slave trade in African Americans and the devastating impact of Afro-Eurasian diseases on Native Americans. The instructor is mindful that these topics may be sensitive to students and parents. He is an experienced facilitator who presents information based on historical evidence and manages discussions to ensure students show respect for the views of other students as they voice opinions. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(684)
I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching world history, especially in connection with science, archaeology, Bible studies, and philosophy. Being drafted (Vietnam period) just as I started my college teaching career... 
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55 min

Completed by 885 learners
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Ages: 12-17
1-6 learners per class

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