What can we learn from plagues in history? New Case Study

Posted December 2020

A new history mystery for years 6,8 & 9 ready for 2021 school year!

This History Mystery is a multimedia educational resources designed to introduce students to a number of areas of the curriculum that they can study in their history courses at Years 6, 8 and 9:

  • Black Death in the 14th century, and in an English plague village in 1666
  • Spanish Conquest of the Americas in the first half of the 1500s
  • Smallpox disaster in Sydney 1789
  • Plague in Sydney 1900
  • Influenza pandemic in Australia 1919


Interactive website
The website comprises the following resources:

  • Teachers’ Notes
    The Teachers’ Notes set out a series of steps as an approach to using this resource in the classroom. The suggested approach may be done as a whole-class activity or with small groups tackling different activities and reporting their findings back to the class.
  • Video
    The video incorporates an introduction to each of the topics above, designed to identify the key aspects of each, and to engage students’ interest in it.
  • Student Online Activities
    There is also a set of on-line activities to help students understand and focus on the key concepts involved in their study, to start developing hypotheses about it, and a template page that students complete to help summarise their findings about plagues in history.