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Microbes and Disease

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and James P. Denk, MA

Effect of Disease on History and Society

Open a discussion with your students by asking them to respond to the following questions. Do you think diseases have changed history? Do any diseases affect society today? You may want to list students’ responses on the board and discuss their answers to gauge how much students already know about these diseases. 

Provide each group with 4 copies of the same Disease Information sheet. Each group should study a different disease (activity includes tuberculosis, malaria, plague, cholera, smallpox and HIV/AIDS). 

Each student should read the Disease Information sheet distributed to his/her group, and discuss this disease with the group. 

Following the discussion, each group should create a concept map summarizing the key ideas from its assigned Disease Information sheet.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605