Task

Your team is known for writing great fictional books set in historical time periods.   One day,  your publisher comes to you with a challenge: "Everybody loves learning about way back in the 1300's when the Black Plague killed off most of Europe.  If you could write a book that's like a collection of journal entries from people who lived back then, we'd make a mint!"  You don't know much about the Black Plague, but you're always up for a challenge, so you accept.

"Excellent!" he cries.  It looks like you're really up for a challenge, though--the publisher wants to see at least 4 journal entries for the book by next week!  You know you should start researching right away, so each member of your team takes on one of the following roles:

The Art Historian

The art historian looks at pictures, paintings, and drawings from the time of the Black Plague to figure out what people thought.  The questions he or she really wants to answer are, "What did people think about the Black Plague?  How did they view it?"

 

The Scientific Historian



The scientific historian looks at treatises, writing, and medical findings from the Medieval Period and modern times that talk about the Black Plague.  The questions he or she really wants to answer are, "What did people think caused the Black Plague?  What really caused it?" 



The Social Historian

The social historian looks at existing letters and documents from the time period plus modern findings to find out how the plague affected society.  The questions he or she really wants to answer are, "How did European society change as a result of the Black Death?  How did the population change?"

The Geographic Historian


The geographic historian looks at maps and documents that show where the Black Death occurred.  The questions he or she really wants to answer are "What areas were affected?  What may have caused the Black Death to spread the way that it did?"



Once everyone has chosen what they will look up, it's time to start hunting!