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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


This thesis project examines scholarly work on the Black Plague and considers its import on history from an historian’s perspective. The second section explores the modern epidemic, AIDS, as a similar historical event and discusses the modern day response and effect of this “plague.” The third section of the project offers a global history lesson plan based on the central idea that current events guide our understanding of historical moments utilizing the theme magazine method. The year-long instructional package focuses on foundational lessons that teach historical analysis and understanding of primary and secondary sources, strategies for historical document analysis, and development of critical thinking skills.